Monthly Archives: July 2013

NIJ Technical Report available

Justice DeptTitle: DNA Assay Development and Validation for Pigment-Related Features to Assist in the Identification of Missing Persons and Human Remains (pdf, 53 pages)
Author: Elisa Wurmbach, Ph.D., New York City Office of Chief Medical Examiner

Montgomery County Police lab puts crime under a microscope

dnaintesttubeFive units — Firearms Examinations, Latent Prints, Forensic Biology, Forensic Chemistry, and Crimes Scenes — operate in the lab, which takes up about 20,000 square feet, according to lab director Ray Wickenheiser.

Funding increased for PA’s DNA law

DNA4July 31, 2013 — HARRISBURG, PA — The state budget has been increased $1.5 million to support the state’s forensic laboratories. This will help the Pennsylvania State Police continue to reduce the backlog of DNA samples to be tested, as the General Assembly moves forward on legislation to strengthen and modernize Pennsylvania’s DNA law.

What Kind of ‘Justice System’ Refuses to Test DNA Evidence?

SOUTH KOREAN RESEARCHER TAKES DNA SAMPLES FROM SOUTH KOREAN BEEF IN SEOUL.Outrage rippled across the web earlier this week as Americans heard the story of Sharon Snyder, “a 70-year-old great-grandmother who was fired nine months before she was scheduled to retire.” Her transgression? An employee of Jackson County Circuit Court, she helped a man in prison who sought to have the DNA evidence in his case tested, but had his request rejected twice on technicalities because he hadn’t managed to properly fill out the paperwork.

DNA of former suspects deleted due to ‘incompetence’

DNA ProfilesThousands of DNA profiles of suspected sex offenders are being deleted from the national database because of Home Office incompetence, Labour claims.

DNA testing delay slows SC murder prosecution

DNA Helix1CHESTER, S.C. (AP) – South Carolina prosecutors are still waiting for DNA tests from the state crime lab a year after a Lancaster man was shot and killed on a road in what authorities say was a revenge shooting.

Medieval mystery deepens as coffin-within-a-coffin found at Richard III grave site

leadcoffinArchaeologists have uncovered a mysterious coffin-within-a-coffin while excavating the final resting place of King Richard III.
The University of Leicester team opened the lid of a medieval stone coffin this week during the final week of their second dig at the Grey Friars site where the British king was found last September.

Forensic Science Training for Laboratory Counsel

GavelCourse Description
This training opportunity will give laboratory counsel the opportunity to learn new information, challenges in forensic science, and common issues faced by fellow counselors.

Clairmont: New DNA skills may solve Hamilton killing

DNA DatabaseHomicide detectives have a long-held theory that more than one person murdered Jay Page. Now they are turning to an American DNA lab to prove it.
Cybergenetics, a private computer laboratory in Pittsburgh, is examining DNA data gathered from the Hamilton stabbing scene nine years ago in the hopes of separating out genetic profiles of the killers.

Suspect IDed by DNA in 1999 Montgomery cold case murders

DNA Graphic…Alabama is currently leading the nation in solving cold cases using the national DNA database. The program received more than 560 hits last year alone..

Centre for DNA Fingerprinting and Diagnostics yet to receive DNA samples of Uttarakhand victims

Model of a DNA MoleculeHYDERABAD: The identification of Uttarakhand flood victims will take a long time as the DNA samples of the unidentified victims are yet to be sent to the Centre for DNA Fingerprinting and Diagnostics (CDFD) in Hyderabad.

Judge fires 34-year court veteran for good deed

A Kansas City man freed from prison three decades after being wrongfully convicted of rape considers Sharon Snyder his “angel” for giving him a public document that showed him how to properly seek DNA tests. A Jackson County Circuit judge considers the 34-year court employee an insubordinate for offering legal advice and being too chatty about courthouse matters.


Ga. lawmakers pushing for DNA sampling bill for arrested felons

DNA6GEORGIA–DNA matching plays a big role in catching criminals these days. And Georgia wants to take DNA tests a step further. Other states have laws on the books allowing police to take DNA samples rom arrested suspects, and now, some Georgia lawmakers are trying to do the same.

NOPD Investigators Hope DNA leads To Robbery Arrests

dnaintesttubeInvestigators with the New Orleans Police Department are hoping DNA evidence will lead to arrests in a string of robberies in the Uptown area.

Remains of soldier killed during Korean War identified

You are not forgottenThe remains of a soldier who went missing during the Korean War have been identified and are being returned to his family for burial.
Army Cpl. Glyndon Moyer, 18, of Luray, Va., is to be buried Thursday with full military honors in his hometown, according to a statement Monday by the Department of Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office.