Daily Archives: June 24, 2011

Supreme Court puts extra burden on crime labs


Los Angeles Times
…Although the decision arose in a drunken driving case, the requirement for live testimony from lab technicians extends to all manner of crime lab reports, including those involving drugs and DNA…

Streamlining the DNA Process through Implementation of Automation of Information Technologies


This report is the result of an NIJ-funded project and is not published by the U.S. Department of Justice.

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CSI meets Law & Order: Supreme Court rules lab techs must testify in court

Christian Science Monitor
The Supreme Court ruled Thursday that the practice of permitting substitutes to testify about forensic evidence violates defendants’ constitutional rights to confront their accusers.

Help on the way to tackle backlog at Cheney WSP crime lab

KREM Washington
CHENEY, Wash. — State budget cuts have caused massive backlogs at crime labs through out Washington.

Changes in DNA collection

Fox News Florida
…Starting July 1st, at the time the qualifying offender is booked into a jail, correctional facility, or juvenile facility, he or she must submit a DNA sample…

Spit test reveals your age, study shows

MSNBC
How old are you? Spit it out! A new UCLA study shows that your age can accurately be predicted from, of all things, your saliva.