Daily Archives: June 5, 2015

Free Webinar: Developmental Validation of the PowerPlex® Fusion 6C System: A Preliminary Report

pplexfusion_webbannerThursday, June 18, 2015
12:00 p.m. ET / 9:00 a.m. PT
What you’ll learn:
•Promega and the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Crime Laboratory will present preliminary findings from a multi-site developmental validation effort including data to demonstrate sensitivity, inhibitor resistance, mixture resolution, and precision.
•The results from artificially degraded samples as well as case-type samples. Both extracted and direct amplification samples will be included.
•Finally, some STR chemistry comparison data will be shown.
Click here for more information and to register!

U.S. House of Representatives Approves $45 Million for Rape Kit Reform

Sexual assualt backlogNEW YORK – The Joyful Heart Foundation expressed its gratitude to the members of the U.S. House of Representatives who included $45 million to address the nation’s rape kit backlog in the FY16 spending bill, which passed today. The final funding passed includes an additional $4 million above the President’s request – the result of an amendment sponsored by champions Rep. Steve Cohen and Rep. Carolyn Maloney.

2 brothers pardoned, clearing way for them to receive $750K

Blue Helix4RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — When DNA evidence freed two brothers wrongfully imprisoned for an 11-year-old girl’s killing, each was given $45 by prison officials.
Nine months later, pardons issued Thursday by North Carolina’s governor have cleared the way for Henry McCollum and Leon Brown to receive $750,000 each from the state for spending three decades in prison…

DA loses $2M in grant funds for rape kit backlog when SFPD won’t sign on

Evidence KitThe grants were each worth $2 million. The first grant deadline was May 7, and the second was June 1. The funding would have gone to clearing the backlog for rape kits collected before 2003. But the District Attorney’s Office, which was seeking the funding, could not apply for either because the Police Department’s participation was a requirement.