Monthly Archives: April 2012

There are still 1781 persons missing from the Kosovo conflict

There are still 1781 persons missing from the Kosovo conflict. This is why EULEX assists the Department of Forensic Medicine (DFM) of the Kosovo Ministry of Justice in its intensive efforts to determine the fate of the Missing. Additionally, EULEX/DFM coordinates intensively with family associations, individual families and several other stakeholders.

Forensic Nightmares

Main Justice
The book about lives ruined by flawed forensic science now has another ugly chapter…

lobSTR algorithm rolls DNA fingerprinting into 21st century
As any crime show buff can tell you, DNA evidence identifies a victim’s remains, fingers the guilty, and sets the innocent free. But in reality, the processing of forensic DNA evidence takes much longer than a 60-minute primetime slot.

Md. police halt some DNA collections after ruling

PIKESVILLE, Md. (AP) — Maryland State Police are halting the collection of DNA samples from people charged with certain violent offenses after a ruling by the state’s highest court earlier this week.

High Probabllity of Gardner DNA Match to Children’s Clothing, Analyst States

Shortly before a lunch break, defense attorney Peter Greenspun moved to strike the testimony, arguing that “a significant question” existed about the proper “chain of custody” before the samples reached the witness, Mark Perlin, chief scientific officer for Cybergenetics. Arguments on the defense motion will be heard this afternoon.

Ancient migrants spread farming through Europe, suggests new analysis of 5,000-year-old DNA

NEW YORK — Thousands of years ago, farming spread across Europe and replaced the hunter-gatherer lifestyle of early inhabitants. Now a study of ancient DNA says that trend was driven by farmers moving from place to place.

JSO awarded federal money to solve cold cases

The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office received a $500,000 grant from the U.S. Justice Department to help solve “cold” cases. So far the JSO has reviewed 304 unsolved homicide cases and selected 42 for further review by detectives.

4-25-12: Changing How Maryland Collects DNA

Maryland’s high court ruled yesterday that parts of a 2008 law allowing police officers to collect DNA samples at the time of arrest is unconstitutional.

Note radio interview with Lisa Hurst, Senior Consultant, for, a public website that looks at forensic DNA policy around the country.

‘Unexplained’ DNA on bag containing dead MI6 spy Gareth Williams

BBC News
Specks of unexplained DNA were found on the holdall containing the curled-up body of MI6 spy Gareth Williams, his inquest has heard.

DNA test improvements questioned

A Newcastle barrister has questioned New South Wales Government claims that DNA testing has been reduced to an average 14 day turnaround time.

Backlog of rape kits leads to proposed federal amendment

SAN ANTONIO – Troubled by the national backlog of an estimated 400,000 rape test kits, U.S Sen. John Cornyn said he is introducing an amendment this week to the re-authorization of the federal National Violence Against Women Act.

NFSTC announces DNA Technical Review services

NFSTC Website
With today’s laboratories often stretched to the limit, the technical review step for forensic and database DNA testing can create a huge hurdle to timely casework. NFSTC now offers technical review services for case work and databasing, as allowed by the FBI Quality Assurance Standards (QAS) for DNA Databasing Laboratories and Quality Assurance Standards for Forensic DNA Testing Laboratories (9/1/2011), to get your eligible profiles reviewed for faster entry into CODIS.

Forensic Magazine and DFI News Launch The Evidence Conference

Business Newswire
AMHERST, N.H., Apr 23, 2012 (BUSINESS WIRE) — Vicon Business Media, Inc., publisher of Forensic Magazine(R) ( ) and DFI News Digital Forensic Investigator(R) ( ), announce today the launch of a new conference focused on evidence collection, handling, analysis, and chain of custody. The Evidence Conference will be a comprehensive 2-day event held on October 1-2, 2012 at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center located in the heart of Washington, DC.

Cleveland police join cities nationwide testing old evidence from sexual-assault cases

Cleveland is sending off untested rape kits in batches of 25, starting with the oldest. Officials have promised to eventually test all kits, regardless of whether the cases will be prosecutable.

3 months on, 13/7 DNA samples lie untested

Times of India
MUMBAI: The anti-terrorism squad (ATS), which is probing the 13/7 serial blasts, had painstakingly collected some vital evidence from a flat in Habib Apartment in Byculla (W), where two suspected Pakistani bombers had stayed before and after the explosions. But three months after they sent the toothbrushes, towels, computer discs, hair and some clothes for DNA tests to the Kalina forensic science laboratory (FSL), the samples are still lying untested.