Daily Archives: January 13, 2014

Lost Remains of Slain Ancient Queen Unearthed

Queen KetevanThe remains of a woman kept in an Indian church likely belong to an ancient queen executed about 400 years ago, a new DNA analysis suggests.

Erie County Central Police Services Forensic Lab receives international accreditation

DNA Helix StructureThe Erie County Central Police Services Forensic Laboratory, previously accredited under the American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors/Laboratory Accreditation Board LEGACY program, has received a new and more stringent accreditation under the ASCLD/LAB INTERNATIONAL Program. The international program is based on the more rigorous ISO/IEC 17025:2005 standards along with ASCLD/LAB-developed supplemental requirements, and the accreditation is recognition that the Erie County CPS Forensic Lab is meeting internationally established forensic standards.

City Lawmakers and Activists Call on Congress to Renew Legislation Aimed at Helping Rape Victims

DNA image“It’s unconscionable to me that there is so many kits out there that haven’t been processed and report after report after report shows that when they process them, they get convictions,” Maloney, who represents parts of Manhattan, Queens and Brooklyn, said.

DNA reveals answers in 1984 murder

…”The Cold Case Unit of DCI needs [continued] funding so no other family has to wait 30 years for a crime like this to be solved…”

NY Congresswoma: Rape kit backlog still a problem

sexual assault kitsU.S. Rep. Carolyn Maloney says more federal funding is needed to help resolve a huge backlog of unprocessed DNA tests in thousands of open rape investigations.