Daily Archives: September 25, 2012

Grant Will Help Find DNA Evidence In Old NYC Cases


NEW YORK (AP) — The NYPD and the Innocence Project have been awarded a joint federal grant to overhaul how police store evidence in old cases.
The $1.25 million money comes from the National Institute of Justice, an agency of the U.S. Justice Department.

DNA fingerprinting pioneer announces retirement from University of Leicester

Professor Sir Alec Jeffreys, who invented the technique of DNA fingerprinting, has announced his retirement.
The technique of DNA finger printing has transformed forensic science and identity testing. It was developed by Professor Jeffreys at the University of Leicester back in 1984. It has since been used in criminal investigations, paternity and immigration disputes, and even conservation biology.

FBI Reduces DNA Backlog

The Federal Bureau of Investigation’s crime lab has whittled its backlog of DNA cases down to 403 — from more than 3,200 in 2010, according to a new report by the Justice Department’s watchdog.

Judiciary Committee Approves SAFER Act

WASHINGTON—U.S. Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas), a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee and former Texas Attorney General, released the following statement upon his bipartisan Sexual Assault Forensic Evidence Registry (SAFER) Act being reported out of the Senate Judiciary Committee:

“Today we took a large step toward ensuring justice for victims of sexual assault. I’m encouraged by the bipartisan support the SAFER Act received in the Judiciary Committee and look forward to a vote on the Senate floor.”