Native American Man, Tall Bear, Exonerated By DNA Evidence After 26 Years In Prison

Johnny Edward Tall Bear, a member of the Iowa Nation tribe, has been exonerated by DNA evidence after spending 26 years in prison for a murder he didn’t commit – thanks to DNA evidence and help from the Innocence Project. Tall Bear, whose tribal name Pahoo means “brave warrior”, was convicted of murder in 1992 and sentenced to a life without parole. A Court of Criminal Appeals later raised the sentence to life imprisonment.

Stunning DNA breakthrough could help crack cold cases

Researchers in South Australia are developing a new weapon to crack the most difficult police investigations.
They’ve created a DNA detection device that can pick up even the most minute traces of physical evidence, months after a crime.

‘Martyr of the A10’: DNA leads to France arrests over 1987 murder

French police have arrested a couple 31 years after their daughter was found dead, in a cold case revived through DNA evidence.

‘Dead’ man turns up at the door after wrong body cremated

Tokyo police admitted they handed over the wrong body for burial after family members mistakenly made a positive identification.
The bizarre situation was discovered only after the remains were cremated and the man thought to have died turned up at a relative’s house in May.

Wisconsin’s wrongfully convicted get voices heard through state’s Innocence Project

While working on wrongful conviction cases, it’s rare to receive good news.
But when good news does come, Cristina Borde said her work — even though it might take decades — is worth it.

How a Legal Brawl Between Two Rich Guys Could Change How We Think About DNA

It was the kind of lawsuit that would only happen in Florida.
Toronto businessman Harold Peerenboom and Marvel Entertainment chairman Isaac “Ike” Perlmutter were locked in an absurd suburban skirmish, bickering over who should run the tennis center at Sloan’s Curve, the exclusive Palm Beach waterfront community where both men resided. Peerenboom wanted to open bidding for the position. Perlmutter was happy with the status quo, a woman named Karen Donnelly who had run the center for years…

Washington looks to Ohio as model for clearing rape kit backlog

“(Ohio) has done a remarkable job,” said Representative Tina Orwall, D-Des Moines, one of the lead lawmakers working on Washington’s ongoing backlog. “They started a number of years ago, and I think they’re a leader in the nation that we really need to learn from.”

What I actually learned about my family after trying 5 DNA ancestry tests

Results can vary widely depending on which company you use

‘Rapid DNA Testing’ Fuels Privacy Concerns Over New Justice Technology

An automated version of DNA testing, approved by the FBI this month for use by law enforcement and backed by Attorney General Jeff Sessions, is sparking concerns about the growing threat to privacy posed by emerging justice technology.
One version of the so-called “Rapid DNA Analysis” system, developed by the Boston-area ANDE corporation, was the first to receive approval for use in the National DNA Index System (NDIS), the national database that contains DNA profiles from participating federal, state and local forensic labs. Fully automated, it can produce a DNA identification from a sample in just a few hours. This is much faster than standard DNA forensic testing methods, which can sometimes take days, weeks, or months.

Women, children to have special DNA labs dedicated to tackle sexual assault and rape cases

In a move that will help women and children get their due justice, special advanced DNA labs built at a cost of 99.76 crore from the Nirbhaya Fund will be coming up for the first time in India.
The foundation of these first-of-its-kind labs was laid by Union Minister for Women and Child Development Maneka Gandhi on Friday as part efforts to reduce the backlog of women and child crime cases needing advanced forensic analysis.

Oklahoma Man Imprisoned 26 Years Released Following DNA Evidence

Oklahoma City, OK – An Oklahoma City man convicted in the killing of a homeless man in 1992 was released from jail Monday after the judge dismissed the charges.
Judge Glenn M. Jones dismissed the charges based on new DNA evidence proving the innocence of Johnny Edward Tallbear.

For relatives of Guatemala volcano victims, an agonizing wait

ESCUINTLA, Guatemala: At an improvised morgue in the Guatemalan town of Escuintla, dozens of people stand around in an anguished daze, clutching photos of their loved ones, hoping to recover their bodies for burial.

After Crowdfunding Law, Texans Raise Nearly $250K Toward Testing Rape Kits

A state law that crowdfunds money for rape kit testing has collected almost a quarter-million dollars in its first five months, according to the bill’s author, state Rep. Victoria Neave.
The state has long been faced with a backlog of untested rape kits, which are gathered by police through invasive, hours-long exams of sexual assault victims and cost anywhere between $500 and $2,000 to test. The most recent data made available by the Texas Department of Public Safety shows a backlog of more than 3,500 untested rape kits statewide — meaning there may be even more untested kits in Texas today.

Sexual violence victims can wait years for India’s overtaxed crime labs

(CNN)On one hot summer night in 2016, Rani went to bed in her hut near the banks of the Yamuna River in Delhi.
Normally, she would have slept outside, where a breeze could provide some relief, but she did not feel well and had taken medicine that made her drowsy.
But this meant she didn’t notice when her 7-year old daughter, who was sleeping outside with the other children, was taken away.

New rape-kit rules intend to eliminate confusion, backlog for survivors

A new Missouri law orders the state to create guidelines for testing, processing and storing rape kits, which collect DNA evidence from victims of sexual violence.
After a person is sexually assaulted, investigators can submit DNA evidence in the form of a sexual-assault kit, which police run through a database to help find the perpetrator.