Daily Archives: February 16, 2011

State Crime Lab gaining international accreditation

KPAX Montana
MISSOULA – The Montana Forensic Science Division Laboratory, which is a branch of the Montana Department of Justice, will formally receive international accreditation during a Wednesday ceremony in Missoula.

Regents approve Forensic Science, Teacher Education degree programs at SSU

The Tiger’s Roar Georgia
The University System of Georgia Board of Regents (BOR) approved Wednesday three, new degree programs at Savannah State University — a Bachelor of Science in Forensic Science with a concentration in Chemistry or Biology; a Bachelor of Science in Biology with a concentration in Secondary Education; and a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics with a concentration in Secondary Education.

Task Force Calls for Improved Identification of Suspects

New York Law Journal
…In addition to supporting the adoption by law enforcement of a voluntary identification protocol, the task force urged two legislative changes: Expansion of the state’s DNA database to include samples taken from people convicted of all misdemeanors in the Penal Law and non-Penal Law felonies as well as an amendment to the Criminal Procedure Law to allow photo identifications to be admissible at trial…

Man freed after DNA test visits mother’s grave with exonerees

Dallas Morning News Texas
At age 60, Larry Sims found out for the first time Tuesday what it meant to have brothers.
After being released from prison last month because DNA testing cast doubt on his 1986 rape conviction, one of his top priorities was visiting his mother’s grave. She died in 1989 while he was behind bars and unable to attend her funeral.

Collecting DNA Samples From Convicted Felons

Metro News West Virginia
State lawmakers are working through a bill that would require those convicted of a felony crime to submit a DNA sample that would be placed in the State Police DNA database.
The bill spells out how the court ordered samples would be taken following convictions. The bill also says how the sample would be deleted from the data base if the person’s conviction is one day overturned.

Martinez testifies on behalf of ‘Katie’s Law’

Current-Argus New Mexico
SANTA FE — Gov. Susana Martinez turned into a witness Tuesday for Katie’s Law, which would require DNA testing in every felony arrest in New Mexico.
Taking a rare action for a chief executive, Martinez went before the Senate Public Affairs Committee, sat down and advocated for a bill to expand DNA collections. She said she decided to appear because this particular legislation is so personal to her.