Daily Archives: February 11, 2011

WSP crime lab working on backlog of DNA cases

KING Seattle
The Washington State Patrol Crime Lab is dealing with more cases in these times of potential budget cuts. Right now the crime lab is looking back at the past year’s successes and where improvement is needed.

DNA lab might not get fully funded

Glendale News Press California
CITY HALL — Moves at the White House and Congress to block federal funding earmarks have put at risk $1 million slated for a planned regional DNA laboratory.

Justice Department Publication Explores the Persistence of DNA Backlogs in Crime Laboratories

WASHINGTON, Feb. 10, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The Department of Justice’s National Institute of Justice (NIJ) today announced the release of Making Sense of DNA Backlogs, 2010 – Myths vs. Reality. The NIJ “Special Report” is an update to the original 2009 report and presents the latest data from state and local crime laboratories on DNA backlogs.
To read the report, past the following url into the address bar of your web browser:

Click to access 232197.pdf

Guandique to be sentenced Friday

The Washington Post
The man convicted of killing former federal intern Chandra Levy will be sentenced Friday morning in D.C. Superior Court, putting an end to one of Washington’s most sensational murder cases.

Some African-Americans turn to DNA tests to trace roots

Tampa Bay Florida
As a child, Melva Adams Kittrell would study the faces of her mother and five aunts.
Why, she wondered, did these African-American women have such fair skin? Why did two of them have blue eyes?

Charges filed in ‘Paper Towel Bandit’ holdups

CT Post Connecticut
BRIDGEPORT — Police Thursday said DNA evidence has linked an Ohio man to at least two armed holdups in Fairfield in 2007.

DNA testing gives doctors a new dilemma

Houston Chronicle
Houston doctors are reporting that the newest generation of DNA testing, now in wide use, is revealing many previously missed incest cases that raise difficult legal and ethical questions.

ID cards go up in flames in first step to tackle ‘database state’

The Independent UK
Identity cards will be consigned to history today as the database recording the biometric details of thousands of people goes up in flames. Hard disk drives from the national identity register, which underpinned the ID card scheme, will be shredded and incinerated in a symbolic demonstration of efforts to rein back the “database state” and restore civil liberties.