Daily Archives: February 25, 2016

Project Kudzu Crime Fighting Coalition All Over Criminals

helix 10In a large new initiative meant to fight crime, 11 area law enforcement agencies are joining together to form a new “consortium.”
It will hire trained DNA and evidence technicians, and open a new law enforcement office that will jointly provide the participating agencies services such as rapid response DNA testing, advanced fingerprint and gun residue analysis, and predictive crime analytics capabilities meant to predict the time and place of future crime, and perhaps stop it before it happens.

Attorney General Kamala D. Harris Announces Legislation To Promote Statewide Tracking of DNA Evidence

helix10SACRAMENTO – Attorney General Kamala D. Harris today announced her sponsorship of two bills which will improve statewide tracking of forensic evidence through the adoption of technology. The legislative package directs law enforcement to take advantage of two secure databases operated by the California Department of Justice: the CODIS Hit Outcome Project (CHOP), which enables agencies to share confidential information about the outcomes of DNA matches; and the Sexual Assault Forensic Evidence Tracking (SAFE-T) database, which will enable the state to track the collection and processing of sexual assault evidence kits.

Justice Dept. to Do ‘Stress Test’ of FBI Forensic Sciences

DNA hair analysisThe Justice Department is reviewing forensic sciences practiced by the FBI to ensure that experts are not overstating their findings against criminal defendants, Deputy Attorney General Sally Quillian Yates said Wednesday.
The review will look at whether other scientific disciplines have been tainted by flawed testimony, a problem that surfaced last year when the Justice Department revealed that experts had overstated the strength of their evidence in many older cases dating back decades involving microscopic hair analysis.

Defense attempts to discredit DNA evidence in Grim Sleeper trial

Touch DNA TestingProsecutors continued to press their case Wednesday that DNA evidence linking the deaths of several women to the man accused of being the “Grim Sleeper” killer was overwhelming.
That DNA evidence has been the focus of testimony this week in the trial of Lonnie Franklin Jr., who prosecutors say is responsible for a series of slayings in South Los Angeles spanning more than 20 years.

New Solicitation: Forensic Technology Center of Excellence

Justice DeptThe NIJ is seeking proposals to establish and operate a Forensic Technology Center of Excellence (FTCOE) to support its research, development, testing, and evaluation processes across all areas of forensic science.

DNA From Earliest Muslim Graves In France Reveals North African Origins

Nimes BurialsArchaeologists have long known about Arab-Muslim expansion throughout the Mediterranean region in the Middle Ages. Reaching the Iberian Peninsula in 711 AD, Arab armies and Muslim troops spread into France, Spain, and Portugal. But while written records document this expansion, archaeological and burial evidence of early Muslims past the Pyrenees is basically non-existent. In a new study out today, a group of researchers has published the first DNA evidence of people from Muslim-style burials in Nîmes, France.