Daily Archives: February 3, 2011

Idaho police want to test felons for DNA, starting in 2013

The Idaho Reporter
The Idaho State Police (ISP) want to expand mandatory DNA testing to all convicted felons, but doesn’t expect to have the money to start collecting and storing DNA until July 2013.

The Real ‘CSI’: How America’s Patchwork System of Death Investigations Puts the Living at Risk

Pro Publica
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.

Montana Woman Hopes DNA Will Crack “Unsolved Mysteries” Cold Case

NBC Montana.com
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.

Hairs helped guide police to suspect in killing

Winnipeg Free Press
SEVEN hairs.
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.

Construction start on OPP forensics lab scheduled for this summer

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

PR Newswire
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.

DNA ‘cold hit’ leads to arrest in 1987 Richmond case

Richmond Times Dispatch
A DNA “cold hit” has led police to arrest a second Richmond man in the slaying of a 73-year-old woman and the rape of a teenager more than 20 years ago.

DNA cracks child sex assault case from 2002

Brandon Sun Canada
After nearly nine years, DNA evidence has led police to a suspect in the 2002 sexual assault of a 10-year-old girl.

Metro Police analyst sorts out CSI fact from TV fiction

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.

Mistrial in rape case of man who killed TV anchor

Associated Press
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.

New Mexico Shows Strong Support To Expand Katie’s Law

GovMonitor New Mexico

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.

PSNI criticised over DNA policy

Belfast Telegraph Ireland
Police have been criticised for refusing to review their controversial policy of retaining the DNA of innocent people.

State wants to collect your DNA on arrest, not conviction

My Northwest Washington
There are few things as personal as your DNA. It determines your eye color, your hair color, your body type and whether you’ll go pre-maturely gray.