Daily Archives: April 22, 2019

Adnan Syed’s Lawyer Says He’ll Take High-Profile Case to Supreme Court

Adnan Syed’s supporters do not seem to be backing down without a fight.
After Maryland’s highest court ruled that the “Serial” subject would not get a new trial, Syed’s lawyer tweeted that he’ll take the case to the highest court in the land.
“We will petition to the Supreme Court,” Justin Brown tweeted Friday.

Turkey launches first anthropology DNA laboratory

Turkey has launched its first “ancient DNA laboratory” which will conduct scientific research on mummified remains of Anatolian civilizations dating back 10,000-15,000 years.
The molecular anthropology laboratory at Hacettepe University (HU) in Turkey’s capital Ankara will examine hereditary and bacterial diseases of ancient humans and animals.

A Leading Cause for Wrongful Convictions: Experts Overstating Forensic Results

More than 150 men and women in American prisons were exonerated in 2018, according to a recent report by a registry that tracks wrongful convictions. Combined, these individuals spent more than 1,600 years in prison, a record for the database, which has data back to 1989.
The leading culprit in convicting innocent people was official misconduct, according to the report by the National Registry of Exonerations. Nearly one third of these cases involved a police corruption scheme in Chicago through which a police officer framed individuals on drug charges.

Promega Webinar: The Y-HRD Database: How It Works and How to Use It in Casework

Speaker: Lutz Roewer, PhD
Associate Professor for Forensic Genetics
Institute of Legal Medicine, Humboldt-University Berlin, Germany

Wednesday, May 8, 2019
Time: 9am CDT / 10am EDT / 3pm London / 4pm Amsterdam-Paris

The Y-Chromosome Haplotype Reference Database (Y-HRD) includes Y-chromosome haplotype data from 135 national databases populated over the past 20 years. Y-based ancestry prediction and familial searching can provide important investigative leads.

Join Dr. Roewer for this webinar as he discusses how to use the Y-HRD to facilitate statistical analyses for a range of casework applications and interpretation purposes (e.g., frequency estimation, kinship and mixture analysis and ancestry prediction).

Register Here!