Report Details the Extent of a Crime Lab Technician’s Errors in Handling Evidence

by jeeg 5. December 2013 20:30
The crime lab technician mislabeled samples, using “the victim’s name instead of suspect’s name,” her evaluation said. Her supervisors disqualified her from testifying in court because of her inability to “explain and retain basic concepts.” Indeed, for a ... [More]

The Odds of Innocence

by jeeg 6. November 2013 21:55
Genetic material is the smoking gun of the modern crime scene. Juries in criminal trials are often encouraged to think of DNA profiling as an exact science, in which telltale traces of skin, hair, and blood identify perpetrators with pinpoint accuracy and rule out any likelihood of mistaken id... [More]

Canada looks at plan to collect DNA from suspects upon arrest

by jeeg 2. October 2013 20:51
The federal government is considering a move to collect DNA samples from suspects upon arrest for certain crimes, a significant expansion of current DNA databank laws that is raising concerns for criminal defence lawyers and civil-rights advocates. In a recent interview, Peter MacKay told The Glo... [More]

Pakistani Clerics Reportedly Reverse Course On DNA Evidence In Rape Cases

by jeeg 26. September 2013 23:08
Rape cases are notoriously hard to prosecute in Pakistan. Under current law, victims must produce four witnesses -- all male, adult, and pious -- to bring rape allegations to trial. Forensic evidence, such as DNA samples, is considered only circumstantial. But that could all change soon if, as... [More]

Just 60 forensic experts and 25 labs to handle 24,923 rape cases in India

by jeeg 25. September 2013 22:58
The government’s failure to set up new forensic labs and insufficient trained manpower is causing significant delay in criminal investigations. Today, the country has only 25 forensic labs with just 60 forensic experts at work, according to a parliamentary Standing Committee report.Genet... [More]

More DNA Samples, More Debate

by jeeg 23. September 2013 20:47
Law-enforcement agencies in many places routinely take DNA samples from people convicted of murder and other violent crimes. But here in Orange County, officials also are taking samples from people charged with minor offenses such as shoplifting and drug possession, in exchange for agreeing to... [More]

Welsh police take DNA samples from more than 5,500 children

by jeeg 23. September 2013 20:36
A one-year-old baby is among thousands of children who have had their DNA taken by police officers in Wales. A total of 5,561 kids were swabbed by Wales’ four forces as part of their investigations since 2010. South Wales Police took the most – 2,866 samples since 2010 – but ... [More]

DNA database is welcome in Ireland but it will need safeguards

by jeeg 9. September 2013 23:37
THE Irish Innocence Project welcomes the new DNA database bill, last heard of in 2010. In the US and UK, many people have been exonerated by so-called "cold-searching" of DNA databases. In addition, actual perpetrators have also been eventually discovered when a DNA database search matched ... [More]

South African National Assembly approves DNA bill

by jeeg 29. August 2013 22:05
The so-called DNA bill is one step closer to being signed into law after the National Assembly passed it on Thursday afternoon. There was a lengthy delay before the bill was finally approved as the House sought to achieve a quorum. Even after the bells had been rung for five minutes to sum... [More]

The Flaws of Familial DNA Matching

by jeeg 21. August 2013 22:06
It’s always been true that a family member’s guilty conscience could be a criminal’s ultimate downfall. Now, thanks to familial DNA matching, a brother or sister can be a snitch without ever saying a word. But what about that criminal’s cousin? Half-cousin? Third cousin... [More]
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