Daily Archives: March 29, 2011

Infrared camera system could detect blood at crime scenes


Smart Planet South Carolina
Crime scene investigation could get a bit less messy. Researchers from the University of South Carolina have developed an infrared camera system that can detect blood — and the new technology could one day replace the chemicals currently used.

NC crime lab, DNA unit meet FBI standards

The Citizen Times North Carolina
RALEIGH — Two independent audits have affirmed that the State Bureau of Investigation laboratory’s DNA unit meets high national standards. The audit results come after the lab ended a record-setting year of using the state’s DNA database to crack cases and is solving even more crimes by adding samples from certain arrestees.

Law lets criminlogists’ reports replace testimony


The Witchita Eagle Kansas
Gov. Sam Brownback has signed a law designed to allow criminologists from the Sedgwick County Regional Forensic Science Center to file investigative reports in writing, without having to testify in court.

Gov. will sign Katie’s Law into NM books


The Deming Headlight New Mexico
SANTA FE – Katie Sepich, raped and murdered nearly eight years ago, will help change New Mexico’s arrest laws this summer.
Every person booked on suspicion of a felony will have to provide a DNA sample. The state crime lab will not analyze the DNA unless a court finds probable cause for the arrest.

DNA identification helps to identify Afghan plane crash victims

Biospectrum Asia
Singapore, Mar 29, 2011: The release from INB noted that as the remains were in a completely charred state, the DNA isolation was carried out with much difficulty. The DNA samples from the air-crash victims’ families were analyzed in INB laboratory. The DNA Identification profiles as per FBI CODIS International standards for all the samples were prepared and matched. INB experts coordinated with the repatriation firm for correct labeling and packing of identified remains in their respective coffins.

Man cleared of crime dies before $475,000 payout

MSNBC
OMAHA, Nebraska — Joseph E. White didn’t live long enough to see most of a $500,000 settlement from the state of Nebraska for serving nearly 20 years in prison for a crime he didn’t commit.