Daily Archives: October 20, 2014

Officials Gather For Rape-kit Backlog Summit

Blue and black helixCLEVELAND (AP) — Law enforcement and public officials from Detroit and Memphis, Tennessee, are in Cleveland to talk about how to handle the large backlog of rape kits that await lab testing in each of those cities.
The officials are coming together this week for the first-ever Sexual Assault Kit Backlog Summit.

The 23rd Congress of the International Academy of Legal Medicine

ialmDubai-650x120-2The 23rd Congress of the International Academy of Legal Medicine is one of the most important Events in the calendar for those Professionals and Academics involved in the practice and development of the Bio-Medicolegal Sciences, the main Triennial Congress of the IALM to be held in Dubai from the 19th to the 21st of January, 2015.Supported by both the Government of Dubai and the Dubai Police, the Congress boasts a rich Scientific Programme with a broad range of topics of current interest, presented by prominent Experts in the field and accomplished in a spirit of collegiality and with an ethos which encourages transcultural dissemination of knowledge.
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New Nevada DNA swab law sees little pushback

Nevada DNA CollectionA Nevada law that requires DNA samples be taken from every person arrested on a felony charge — and criticized by civil rights groups as an invasion of privacy — has seen surprisingly little pushback in the four months it has been in practice.
Before the law went into effect July 1, cheek swabs were used to collect DNA only from anyone convicted of a felony. But last year, the Legislature passed Senate Bill 243, often called “Brianna’s Law,” named after 19-year-old Reno woman Brianna Denison, who was raped and murdered in 2008. James Biela was later convicted and sentenced to die for the crimes.