D.C.’s new crime lab goes under the microscope

by jeeg 13. March 2015 22:56
  WHAT’S THE point of spending millions of dollars on a crime lab if people don’t trust its findings and won’t use it? That is one question D.C. officials should be asking in light of the unsettling revelation that the U.S. Attorney’s Office has stopped sending DNA ev... [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]

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]

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]

New York Examines Over 800 Rape Cases for Possible Mishandling of DNA Evidence

by jeeg 11. January 2013 18:48
The New York City medical examiner’s office is undertaking an unusual review of more than 800 rape cases in which critical DNA evidence may have been mishandled or overlooked by a lab technician, resulting in incorrect reports being given to criminal investigators.   Supervisors h... [More]

Occupy Murder Mess Points to Problems With New York’s DNA Database

by jeeg 13. July 2012 00:18
Wednesday, the nation was peppered with breathless, if thinly sourced, reports of a shocking link between two very different, seemingly unrelated crimes: a match between DNA samples lifted from the CD player owned by and found near the corpse of slain Julliard student Sarah Fox in 2004 and ones ... [More]

Have DNA Databases Produced False Convictions?

by jeeg 10. July 2012 22:10
About a year ago, I asked whether any false convictions have resulted from DNA database searches . Of course, if there are any, they might be hard to find, but there is a known recent case of a false initial accusation. It came about because a laboratory contaminated a crime-scene sample with DN... [More]

Weak DNA evidence could undermine justice, experts say

by jeeg 6. July 2012 00:03
When Cook County prosecutors brought Cleveland Barrett to trial earlier this year for the predatory criminal sexual assault of a 9-year-old girl, they presented the jury hearing the case testimony from the alleged victim plus the kind of evidence that long has won convictions with its scientific... [More]
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