Daily Archives: December 6, 2010

LAPD Stamps ‘Closed’ On Nearly 100 Cold Cases


NPR
On the night of Feb. 24, 1986, John Ruetten came home to discover his 29-year-old bride dead. Sherri Rae Rasmussen had been beaten and shot to death. In the days that followed, homicide detectives in Los Angeles didn’t come up with much.

U.S. Execution Capital Reconsiders Ultimate Punishment


IPS Press Service
NEW YORK, Dec 4, 2010 (IPS) – On Monday, Dec. 6, a district court in Texas will be asked – for the first time in that U.S. state’s history – to decide whether the death penalty is unconstitutional based on the “disproportionately high risk of wrongful convictions” in Texas.

Crime lab patiently goes about its analysis


The Spokesman Review Spokane
Inside the DNA crime lab, forensic scientists work under the harsh glow of industrial lighting. They’re dressed in lab coats and wear latex gloves. The only sound is the occasional clanking of a processing machine called a Qiagen BioRobot Universal.

Nehru Nagar first region in country to have DNA profiling database


DNA India
Kurla’s Nehru Nagar, which became infamous following the serial rape and murder of three minors earlier this year, has now become the first region in the country to have the DNA profiling database of all anti-social elements holed up in its jurisdiction.

Crime and Courts: Police still hunting for DNA from thousands of offenders


The Cap Times Wisconsin
Steve Reinstra’s detective work took an unexpected turn this year. A retired Madison police detective, Reinstra is now employed by the state Justice Department to keep tabs on sex offenders. But lately, he and three other detectives are spending a lot of time tracking down offenders who should have provided DNA samples for the state DNA databank, but never did.