Daily Archives: January 13, 2011

Robber’s sentence postponed until family pays DNA bill

Utica Observer Dispatch New York
UTICA — A Utica man may get a less severe sentence for robbing a Mohawk Street jewelry store last May if his family pays for DNA tests that proved his guilt, prosecutors said.

Innocent man gets $1m after 17 years’ jail

The Herald Sun Australia
The district court in Utsunomiya, north of Tokyo, awarded 92 million yen ($A1.11 million) to Toshikazu Sugaya for his suffering and to cover his legal costs in the case, a court official said.

Maryland DNA Program Reaches 2,000 Positive Comparisons

Gov Monitor Maryland
…Maryland’s DNA database, housed at the State Police Forensic Sciences Division laboratory, has now made more than 2,000 positive comparisons, or “hits,” as they are commonly referred to…

Backlog exists, but improvements made at HPD’s crime lab

WTRK Houston
HOUSTON (KTRK) — It’s been over nine years since Eyewitness News first told you about a shocking backlog of rape kits. The crucial evidence had been shelved for years while victims waited anxiously for justice. A new grant may finally help put a dent in the thousands of cases still pending.

Cuts could cost county lab its accreditation

Buffalo News
…County officials have since learned that the budget cuts could result in the American Board of Forensic Toxicology and the State Commission on Forensic Science pulling its accreditations, an action that could diminish the laboratory’s credibility in criminal investigations and prosecutions…

DNA testing of massacre victims starts

GMA News Philippines
Semen retrieved from the genitals of at least three female victims of the November 23, 2009 massacre in Ampatuan town, Maguindanao province will be subjected to DNA testing within the next few days.