Monthly Archives: October 2013

Rape Victim Urges Congress to Act Quickly on Bill to Reduce DNA Backlogs

Justice and DNAWASHINGTON, Oct. 31, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — In a strong show of bipartisan cooperation, today the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee approved S. 822, the Justice For All Reauthorization Act of 2014. The bill reauthorizes several important forensic DNA programs, most notably the Debbie Smith DNA Backlog Elimination Act which provides vital funding for public crime laboratories throughout the country. However, if the bill does not become law in the next few months, funding for the program could lapse – resulting in an explosion of backlogged DNA cases at crime laboratories throughout the country, including those of untested rape kits.

Unveiling the Halloween Monster DNA in Everyone

Ramses IISome Halloween fans take costuming to a whole other level. The wig will be just right, the make-up impeccable, the voice adjusted, and the costume scarily realistic. But even for these semi-pros, something is always missing. For all the external adornments, they will never really become the character without the real monster stuff; without the monster mojo inside; without monster DNA.

Andhra bus tragedy: Police to conduct DNA tests for identifying dead

DNA Helix1MAHBUBNAGAR: Forty-five passengers, including a baby girl, were charred to death and seven others suffered burns when a private luxury bus burst into flames near Palem village here on Wednesday, police said.
“Charred bodies of 45 people have been retrieved from the bus,” deputy inspector general (Hyderabad range) V Naveen Chand told PTI.

CH police partner with state crime lab

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Utah-When Cottonwood Heights needs high-end investigative tools, it needs a lab that is simply beyond the budget of most mid-sized police departments.
“We have some of the basic facilities here for fingerprinting and such. But the big high-ticket items, such as DNA analysis and drug analysis, can’t happen in our lab,” said Police Chief Robby Russo.

Rape kit tests identify lots of potential serial rapists

DNA SignCLEVELAND, Ohio — The recent testing of Cleveland rape kits from decades ago has identified a new slew of potential serial rapists.
The initiative also may forever change the way rapes are investigated in Greater Cleveland.

New DNA testing frees N.J. man 18 years after murder trial

Gerard RichardsonNEWARK — A New Jersey man imprisoned for nearly two decades for a murder he said he didn’t commit walked out of a federal courthouse Tuesday, a day after a judge threw out his 1995 conviction over bite-mark evidence.

Attorney-General Greg Smith’s DNA appeal plan slammed by Barry O’Farrell

DNA GraphicATTORNEY-GENERAL Greg Smith was slapped down by the Premier after he took a proposal to cabinet to make it easier for child-sex offenders to get off on appeal through DNA evidence.

DNA links man to $20K church burglary

SultonBLYTHEWOOD, SC (WIS) – Richland County Sheriff’s deputies are searching for a man they believe is responsible for stealing over $20,000 in audio equipment and sterling silver from an area church in mid-October.

Judge orders new trial for Tim Howard

Human ID1Circuit Judge Charles Yeargan today ordered a new trial for Tim Howard, a Little River County man who was sentenced to death in 1999 for the 1998 murder of Brian and Shannon Day. The Arkansas Supreme Court had sent Howard’s case back to the lower court after finding that evidence concerning DNA testing that might have changed the outcome of Howard’s trial was withheld from defense attorneys.

Justice Ministry proposes DNA tests for inmates, migrant workers

Justisce NitisiriBANGKOK, OCT 29 – The Forensic Institute was instructed to conduct compulsory DNA checks for inmates and migrant workers nationwide.

DNA found is a 1 in 2.6 quadrillion match in 12-year-old homicide case: testimony

dnaintesttubeCARLISLE — It’s nearly 100-percent likely that DNA evidence found on the victim of a 2001 killing matches Douglas P. Smith, 58, of Harrisburg
Though lab technician John Picciano was reluctant to testify in Cumberland County court Tuesday that it’s a sure match, he did say it is only a 1 in 2.6 quadrillion chance that it matches someone else.

Denver’s Cold Case Project Strikes Again, Sex Assault Suspect Charged

denver-police-badgeDENVER (CBS4 ) – A 40-year-old man has been formally charged in connection with a cold case kidnapping and sexual assault case.

Nanorods detect DNA traces with higher sensitivity

DNA Strands2An international team of researchers at the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor, MI) and Jiangnan University in China has demonstrated that light-activated nanorods can detect tiny amounts of DNA with 50x more sensitivity than current methods. The work could help with diagnosing patients, solving crimes, and identifying the origins of biological contaminants, such as a pathogen in a water supply.

DNA lab to ID final 8 Lac-Megantic, Quebec victims

first Responders at Lac Megantic tragedyMONTREAL — Authorities who are trying to identify the final eight victims of the Lac-Megantic train blast have turned to the only Canadian lab that might be able to ID the charred remains.

Dutch DNA duo helps free another innocent man

DNA4DNA experts Richard and Selma Eikelenboom found and analyzed the genetic evidence that last week freed David Camm, the former Indiana state trooper who was twice convicted of killing his wife and two kids in 2000.