FBI notifies crime labs of errors used in DNA match calculations since 1999

by jeeg 4. June 2015 23:14
  The FBI has notified crime labs across the country that it has discovered errors in data used by forensic scientists in thousands of cases to calculate the chances that DNA found at a crime scene matches a particular person, several people familiar with the issue said. The bureau has said... [More]

The strange case of the 'time travel' murder

by jeeg 29. April 2014 21:44
  A woman's body is found in London. DNA turns up a hit, yet the suspect apparently died weeks before the alleged victim. Here, forensic scientist Dr Mike Silverman tells the story of one of the strangest cases of his career.   It was a real-life mystery that could have come straig... [More]

Maryland police DNA tactics again at issue in top courts

by jeeg 11. April 2014 18:34
An Anne Arundel County man who was found guilty of a burglary based in part on DNA evidence asked a state appellate court Thursday to throw out his conviction, arguing that police improperly kept his genetic information in the database they used to link him to a Coke can from the crime scene. Geo... [More]

Facing up to the limits of DNA-based forensics

by jeeg 23. March 2014 19:43
IT'S being dubbed "molecular photofitting": producing an image of a suspect's face from DNA left at the crime scene. New research suggests that such reconstructions may soon be possible, giving police another investigative tool. Until now, DNA has been used to predict only a few physical characte... [More]

Nebraska high court denies man's DNA test request

by jeeg 23. March 2014 19:39
 The Nebraska Supreme Court on Friday nixed a request for DNA testing of evidence gathered in the case of a man serving life in prison for shooting another man to death at an Omaha restaurant drive-thru. Antoine Young, 40, was convicted in 2008 of first-degree murder and a weapons count for ... [More]

Court keeps DNA law, but suit still alive

by jeeg 21. March 2014 20:46
  A federal appeals court says California can continue to enforce its voter-approved DNA law, which requires police to take genetic samples of anyone arrested for a felony. But — to the relief of a Bay Area political protester and other opponents of the law — the court says ... [More]

DNA collection aids arrests—but what about privacy?

by jeeg 24. February 2014 18:41
In this week’s episode of “TechKnow,” we highlight the latest advances in forensic technology that are helping law enforcement agencies identify suspects and solve crimes with increasing accuracy. Cases that were left cold for years are being revisited with fresh eyes—and, ... [More]

Problem with DNA robot led to Denver police DNA mix-up

by jeeg 13. January 2014 21:10
A malfunction in a DNA processing machine led to the scrambling of samples from 11 Denver police burglary cases, officials acknowledged Friday. It took more than two years for the department to discover the errors. As a result of the mix-up, prosecutors are dismissing burglary cases against... [More]

Going too far on DNA searches

by jeeg 16. December 2013 22:11
The Supreme Court erred grievously this year when it permitted Maryland police to collect DNA samples from people who had been arrested and charged with serious crimes — samples that could then be used to match that person's genetic profile with evidence from unrelated unsolved crimes. A... [More]

California's DNA collection law in key legal test

by jeeg 9. December 2013 20:37
Armed with a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling, a federal appeals court on Monday will revisit a controversial legal challenge to California's law allowing collection of DNA samples from anyone arrested for a felony. Whether the Supreme Court's ruling on Maryland's similar -- though narrower -... [More]
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