Monthly Archives: October 2010

Ruling Sought on Suit Over 9/11 DNA Software

The New York Times
A federal judge in Manhattan has been asked to determine if a lawsuit can proceed that accuses the New York City Medical Examiner’s Office of stealing the secrets behind a computer program used to identify the remains of 9/11 victims.

After 15 years in prison, Montgomery man is cleared of murder

Washington Post
A Montgomery County man who spent 15 years in prison for murder was cleared of the charge last week after a different jury heard new DNA evidence and emotional testimony from the defendant himself.

Sexual Assault Kit Evidence: An Action Research Project

National Institute of Justice
NIJ has issued a solicitation, Strategic Approaches to Sexual Assault Kit Evidence: An Action Research Projects, to identify solutions to the nationwide problem of untested evidence in sexual assault cases.

AUSTIN: 35-year-old cold case re-opened

Austin Online
Who is she?
This question has crossed the mind of Austin County Justice of the Peace Precinct 4 Dennis King nearly every day for over 35 years.

World War II airman buried 67 years after death

Mercury News/Associated Press
RIVERSIDE, Calif.—A World War II airman has been buried in California 67 years after his bomber crashed on a southwest Pacific island.
B-24 tail gunner Claude “Bud” Ray’s whereabouts were a mystery for six decades, then a New Guinea villager found the wreckage in the jungle seven years ago. Army investigators identified him this year through DNA analysis.

Presumed body of legendary bandit Salvatore Giuliano exhumed in Sicily

Canada East/Associated Press
ROME – Authorities in Sicily exhumed the presumed body of a legendary Sicilian bandit Salvatore Giuliano in an attempt to put to rest doubts that the corpse isn’t that of the outlaw who terrorized the island’s countryside in the 1940s.

UA Scientists Develop Quick DNA Test Device
PHOENIX — On television, police can get a DNA match in minutes.

In the real world, it doesn’t really work that way. On average, it takes 14 days to process a DNA sample, according to forensics experts, but scientists in the Valley are working to change that.

Hampden County DA asks DNA database expansion

Taking a DNA sample is relatively easy. It can be done by swabbing the inside of a persons mouth or taking a blood sample. It’s something done to every person convicted of a felony. Their DNA profile is then sent to the state crime lab, where it is kept in a database database with other convicted offenders. Then, evidence collected at a crime scene is run through the DNA database to see if there’s match.

New National Initiative on Rape Kits

CBS News
Almost a year ago, CBS News broadcast a two part series on a five month investigation into tens of thousands of untested rape kits nationwide.
Today, the White House announced a new initiative aimed at ending the rape kit backlog…

With grant, Rome police to collect DNA at burglary scenes

Utica Observer
ROME — City police will soon begin collect DNA evidence at the scene of all burglaries it investigates, and will send its officers on follow-up visits in domestic violence cases.

Hampden District Attorney William Bennett and other Western Massachusetts law enforcement personnel urge expansion of state DNA database
CHICOPEE– A DNA sample from semen collected by Springfield police at a rape scene over five years ago led a task force of state troopers and U.S. Marshals to the front door of 21-year-old Quentin Jewell’s home here on Monday morning.

DNA testing lab planned for Harare

The Zimbabwean
HARARE – Germany has pledged to assist Zimbabwe police with training and equipment to set up a DNA laboratory in Harare, Co-Home Affairs Minister Theresa Makone has said. (Pictured: Home Affairs Minister Theresa Makone)
Makone, who returned from Germany last week where she held talks with Berlin’s deputy chief of police, said the government with the help of the Germans was planning to set up Zimbabwe’s first DNA forensics facility in Harare.

Argentine DNA tests boost search for missing

LA PLATA, Argentina — A campaign to carry out DNA tests on blood samples is slowly helping Argentines learn the fate of 30,000 people who went missing during the nation’s brutal military dictatorship.

Improvements in DNA Yield From Forensic Samples and Other Important Benefits Reported With Pressure Cycling Technology (PCT)

…A study entitled Pressure Cycling Technology (PCT): Applications for Forensics DNA Analysis was presented by Ms. Pam Marshall, MS, et al., from the Institute of Investigative Genetics, Department of Forensics and Investigative Genetics at the University of North Texas Health Science Center (UNTHSC), Fort Worth, Texas. Results from the study showed an increase in DNA yield from forensic swab samples prepared with PCT compared to samples prepared without PCT. These results confirmed and extended the data presented by UNTHSC scientists at the 20th Human Identification Meeting in October 2009 and the Harvard Medical School Symposium on High Pressure in May 2010, where data were presented that showed significant improvements in DNA yield from challenging forensic samples using PCT. …

Bosnia: bones of at least 97 people found in lake

Associated Press
SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — Authorities in Bosnia and Serbia said Tuesday they had recovered the skeletal remains of at least 97 people from the banks of a border lake that was partially drained this summer for maintenance.