Daily Archives: September 4, 2013

Peekskill, NY OKs $5M for exonerated ex-inmate

DNA and justiceNEW YORK (AP) — The city of Peekskill has approved a $5.4 million settlement with a man who spent 16 years in prison for a killing he didn’t commit.

Man wrongfully imprisoned 17 years awarded $1.2M

Scales of JusticeGRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (AP) – A judge has ordered Colorado to pay $1.2 million to a man who served 17 years in prison after he was wrongfully convicted of murder.

Lac Megantic: Quebec enlists victim identification experts

train derailmentQuebec authorities have enlisted the help of an international organization to identify the remaining victims of the Lac-Mégantic train disaster.
The International Commission on Missing Peoples specializes in identifying large numbers of missing people. The organization has been called in to obtain DNA from remains that are too charred for the Quebec coroner’s office or for a government laboratory to identify.

Korean Firm DNA Link Positions New AccuID Forensics Chip as Alternative to STRs, Sequencing

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As next-generation genomic tools are increasingly being considered for use in forensics, one Korean company is looking to carve out a niche for itself.
Seoul-based DNA Link recently introduced AccuID, an Affymetrix-manufactured resequencing array for genotyping that is available as a service and a kit. DNA Link claims it has generated unpublished data demonstrating that the current version of AccuID can determine the identities of missing persons and human remains better than commercial microsatellite genotyping products.

Rachel Manning’s killer Shahidul Ahmed caught by chance

CourtA chance match on the DNA database led police to the killer of Rachel Manning, almost a decade after her murder.

State Senator Proposes Statewide Count On Untested Rape Kits

sexual assault kitsState Senator Mark Norris finds it disturbing that there are 7,000 back logged rape kits that haven’t been tested in Memphis, as well as 1,500 backlogged rape kits the Memphis Police Department sent for testing in 2010.