Daily Archives: April 2, 2015

Vermont State Police form new Major Crime Unit

VT SPBENNINGTON COUNTY, Vt. (NEWS10) — Vermont State Police will form a Major Crime Unit that will investigate a wide variety of crime in the state.
The formation of the unit will come from the re-structuring of existing positions within the Vermont State Police Criminal Division.

Present a talk during the general session at ISHI 26.

ISHI Banner 2015Oral abstracts and interesting case proposals are due June 12. Talks should be of general interest to the forensic community and noncommercial in nature. Abstracts will be selected by an external committee of forensic experts. Abstracts not accepted for oral presentation will automatically be considered for poster presentation.
Abstracts for poster presentation are due August 1. All abstracts must be submitted using the electronic form available at: www.ishinews.com
Contact Carol Bingham at carol.bingham@promega.com or 608.277.2670 with questions.,

For more information on ISHI 26, visit www.ishinews.com

Can’t Fix the System’s Use of Forensic Science Without Fixing the Science

NeufeldRay Krone was convicted of murder in Phoenix, Ariz., and sentenced to death. The key evidence used to convict him was the testimony of a certified forensic dentist who concluded that a bite mark on the deceased came from Krone. Ten years later (fortunately before he was executed), D.N.A. testing proved the dentist was wrong, cleared Krone and identified the real perpetrator, who was in prison for a subsequent sexual assault.

Germanwings crash investigators finish search for remains

Debris of the Germanwings Airbus A320 are seen at the site of the crash near Seyne-les-AlpesJust over a week after a Germanwings plane crashed into the French Alps, investigators have finished retrieving human remains from the wreckage.
They must now try to match them with DNA profiles from the 150 people killed – a task which could take months.

Speaker Madigan wants $6 million increase to speed up testing of rape kits

MadiganThe day after his daughter, Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan, announced the formation of a statewide felony sex crime task force, Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan announced Wednesday he will push for a $6 million increase in funding to state and local crime labs that handle rape cases.

FBI confirms death of militant with DNA from severed finger

helix 10WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation said on Wednesday it has confirmed that Zulkifli bin Hir, one of its “most wanted terrorists,” was killed in a raid in the Philippines in January.
A person familiar with the investigation said the FBI was able to confirm bin Hir’s death in part through DNA analysis of a severed finger that Philippine authorities collected from the gruesome scene of a raid that left bin Hir dead.

District Attorney Vance Launches Formal Application Process for $35 Million Rape Kit Testing Initiative

justice and DNA2DA Vance released a Request for Proposals (RFP) soliciting grant applications for the District Attorney’s $35 million initiative to eliminate backlogs of untested sexual assault evidence kits, or “rape kits,” from jurisdictions across the country. The Manhattan District Attorney’s Office will award successful applicants up to $2 million for a two-year period to aid jurisdictions in analyzing untested, backlogged rape kits. Representatives of 40 jurisdictions from 26 states submitted Expressions of Interest earlier this year, indicating more than 70,000 untested rape kits within their jurisdictions.