Daily Archives: February 3, 2011
In detective novels and television crime dramas like “CSI,” the nation’s morgues are staffed by highly trained medical professionals equipped with the most sophisticated tools of 21st-century science. Operating at the nexus of medicine and criminal justice, these death detectives thoroughly investigate each and every suspicious fatality.
The reality, though, is far different. In a joint reporting effort, ProPublica, PBS “Frontline” and NPR spent a year looking at the nation’s 2,300 coroner and medical examiner offices and found a deeply dysfunctional system that quite literally buries its mistakes.
MISSOULA, Mont. — A Montana woman hopes DNA evidence will breathe new life into a 50-year-old Louisiana cold case. Dekki Moate’s mother went missing in a Louisiana swamp in 1956.
Winnipeg Free Press
Each on their own perhaps wouldn’t have meant that much, but taken together they helped city police zero in on a suspect in the 1984 disappearance and slaying of 13-year-old Candace Derksen, the jury in Mark Grant’s murder trial heard Tuesday.
Miner and News Canada
Ground for a new OPP forensic identification lab in Kenora is scheduled to break this summer.
CMU Receives $1.2 Million NIH Grant To Develop Ethics, Policy Recommendations for Post-Conflict, Post-Disaster DNA ID Practices
PITTSBURGH, Feb. 2, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Forensic DNA profiling has become a standard tool in the search for missing people in the aftermath of mass violence and disaster, but until now there has been very little effort to identify and analyze the major ethical and policy challenges associated with this new use of genetic technology.
Las Vegas Sun
Thanks to some education by Metro Police, fans of crime scene analysis television shows like CSI and NCIS can now scoff at the idea of investigators solving a crime within an hour-long episode.
MARIANNA, Ark. (AP) — An Arkansas judge has declared a mistrial in the rape case of a man who was separately convicted of murdering a television anchorwoman.
Governor Susana Martinez held a press conference to outline her support for the expansion of Katie’s Law and urge the Legislature and the public to continue to get behind the legislation.