Daily Archives: July 16, 2014

Investigators blast Justice Dept.’s handling of FBI crime lab problems

Justice Building PlaqueWASHINGTON — Investigators on Wednesday sharply criticized the Justice Department’s handling of old FBI crime lab problems.In a sweeping, 138-page report, the Justice Department’s Office of Inspector General cited “serious deficiencies” in the work of the task force assigned in 1996 to follow up on potentially troublesome crime lab cases. In some instances, the problems associated with 13 specific lab workers were a matter of life and death.

State needs to address lag in DNA testing

On television, DNA tests come back in 15 minutes. In real life, at least in North Carolina, it may take two years. Just ask Marianne Ortega.Crimescene DNA Tests
DNA testing has become increasingly important in both murder and sexual assault cases. It has proven to be a reliable tool in convicting the guilty and clearing the innocent. But that is true only if test results are available.

NIST Names Members of Forensic Science Resource Committees

fssbAn initiative to strengthen and bring uniformity to forensic science standards took another step forward today as the National Institute of Standards and Technology appointed 35 new members to the Organization for Scientific Area Committees (OSAC).