Daily Archives: January 20, 2011

CSI summit in Abu Dhabi discusses forensic education plan for judges

The National UAE
ABU DHABI // The Abu Dhabi Police forensic section will train judges to help them better understand technical evidence in the courtroom, police said yesterday.
“We have new updated procedures and we expanded our lab and services, and [judges] need to be aware of that so they can solve the case in a correct way,” said Lt Col Nawal al Katheeri, the manager of the forensic chemistry branch.

Erie County Has New High-Tech Crime Scene Tool


WKBW
Erie County Executive Chris Collins, Central Police Services (CPS) Commissioner Peter Vito and Public Safety Lab Director Dr. John Simich gathered to demonstrate a new, high-tech crime scene tool called the Leica Scan Station. Erie County is the first agency in the area to purchase this new machine, which can catalog and measure entire rooms.

U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer in Utica to tout DNA fingerprinting


Observer dispatch New York
UTICA — Police departments throughout New York State can access an ever-expanding databank of DNA samples collected from felons to help solve open cases those criminals may have previous committed but were never charge.

State Innocence Clinics Dodge Budget Bullet, for Now

Texas Tribune
Texas innocence clinics escaped unscathed from the first round of budget cut recommendations, but advocates say they aren’t safe yet. They gathered at the Capitol today to urge lawmakers to maintain funding for law school innocence clinics across the state.

Sheffield university condom research to help catch sex offenders


BBC News UK
The method, developed by researchers at Sheffield Hallam University, can detect condom lubricant on fingerprints left by a suspect at a crime scene.

DNA testing not just for CSI


The New Brunswick Business Journal
The human testing and a new website grew out of that, said Forward.
“We started just over a year ago doing human paternity testing and relationship analysis,” Forward said.

Newer DNA Tests Uncover Hidden Jewish Bloodlines


Forward.com
Last April, Joseph Pickrell sent a tube of his saliva to the California genetic testing company 23andMe. After spending years studying other people’s DNA, the 27-year-old doctoral student at the University of Chicago decided he wanted to learn more about his own genetic ancestry.

DNA backlog reveals past problems with NOPD and rape cases


WWLTV Louisiana
NEW ORLEANS — The number of rapes in New Orleans climbed more than 50 percent in 2010, according to police, not because the number of attacks increased, but because they changed the way rapes are classified

Appeal to trace descendants of Jack the Ripper suspect


BCC News UK
Scientists want to trace descendants of a Leicestershire-born murderer, whose brutal killings fuelled speculation that he was Jack the Ripper.

Can DNA Tests Stop Child Trafficking?


The Crime Report
UNICEF estimates that 1.2 million children a year are trafficked worldwide. Until recently, international investigators had few useful tools to address the theft of children, but a new science-based initiative could help put some of the worst child traffickers out of business.

Calif. Death Row Inmate’s DNA Test Bid Denied


MSNBC
A California death row inmate convicted for the 1983 Chino Hills hatchet and knife killings of four people has lost his bid for a third round of DNA testing.

Cold case over: Carlina White, kidnapped as infant from hospital 23 years ago, reunites with family


New York Daily News
Twenty-three years after being snatched as an infant, the victim of a hospital kidnapping cracked the cold case herself when doubts about her bogus “mom” led her home.