Daily Archives: January 2, 2014

Is DNA analysis stuck in the past?

DNA Helix StructureA few weeks ago, the Innocence Project of New York (IP) announced that it had helped to release another innocent person from prison. This time it was Gerard Richardson. As The Verge outlined in September, Richardson was convicted of murdering a New Jersey woman in 1994 after a forensic odontologist concluded that the shape of Richardson’s jaw and the orientation of his teeth matched a bite mark on the murdered woman’s back.

Several Utah police agencies have stockpiles of unprocessed rape kits

sexual assault kitsWhen police Chief Lee Russo began reviewing rape investigations in West Valley City, he made a disturbing discovery: 124 rape kits were gathering dust on the shelves of the police department he had just inherited. The cases didn’t pan out for various reasons.