Daily Archives: April 13, 2011

Toddler First in World Diagnosed With Extra DNA Strand

Fox News
A toddler from the U.K. is believed to be the only person in the world to be diagnosed with an extra strand of DNA – a condition so rare, doctors don’t even have a name for it.

Reps. Maloney and Poe introduce bipartisan bill to reduce rape kit backlog

Rep. Carolyn Maloney.gov
–Bill allocates a portion of existing funding under Debbie Smith Act to audit local rape kit backlogs, hire staff, and establish a national public database of DNA results–

$6.5 Million Settlement in Wrongful Conviction

The New Work Times
Jeffrey Deskovic spent half of his life in prison for a rape and murder he did not commit, but it was only this week, four and a half years after his release, that he received some measure of justice: a $6.5 million settlement with Westchester County on a federal civil-rights lawsuit stemming from his wrongful conviction.

Shatter pledges new Garda powers

Irish Times
Minister for Justice Alan Shatter has promised new powers of investigation for the gardaí, including a European DNA database and new measures to tackle white collar crime.

Eerie similarities noted in New York, California cold cases

Associated Press
SAN RAFAEL — A Nevada man’s arrest in four cold-case deaths in California has authorities scrambling to determine whether he’s connected to killings in other states, including the notorious “Double Initial Murders” of three girls in upstate New York in the early 1970s.

Slain woman’s DNA helps solve twin sister’s murder

The Houston Chronicle
It took a two-decades-old unsolved murder of a Houston woman to unravel the mysterious slaying of her twin sister, Stacie Lee Ann Lutz Anderson, whose skeletal remains were identified last week after being kept in a barrel for more than 10 years, homicide detectives said Tuesday.

Bill seeks DNA sample after all felony arrests

Action 13 News Las Vegas
CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — A bill that would require anyone arrested on a felony charge or sexual assault to give a DNA sample will be heard by the Assembly Judiciary Committee.