Forensic Magazine

7-year Sentence for Killer in Case with Facebook Selfie Evidence

Fri, 01/19/2018 - 11:59
NewsSaskatoon (Canada) police say a Facebook selfie was instrumental in a murder investigation that ended in a guilty plea and a seven-year prison sentence for the killer.Contributed Author: Charles Hamilton, CBC NewsTopics: Digital Forensics
Categories: Law Enforcement

Falling Forensic Science Standards 'Making Miscarriages of Justice Inevitable' in UK

Fri, 01/19/2018 - 11:42
NewsPolice forces are failing to meet the official standards for forensic science, making miscarriages of justice inevitable, the U.K. government’s forensic regulator has said. In her annual report, Gillian Tully highlighted her growing concerns about the failure of some forensic firms used by the police to meet basic quality standards.Contributed Author: Hannah Devlin and Vikram Dodd, The GuardianTopics: Crime Lab
Categories: Law Enforcement

Baltimore Police Leader Fired After Record Year in Homicides

Fri, 01/19/2018 - 10:47
NewsFollowing a record year in homicides, Baltimore's mayor fired the city's police commissioner, saying a change in leadership was needed to reduce crime more quickly. Deputy Commissioner Darryl DeSousa, a 30-year veteran of the force, will take Commissioner Kevin Davis' place immediately, Mayor Catherine Pugh announced Friday.Contributed Author: David McFadden, Associated PressTopics: Police Procedure
Categories: Law Enforcement

Forensic Investigation Reveals Headless Highland Body Is That of a Young Woman, Not 18th Century Clan Chief

Fri, 01/19/2018 - 10:41
NewsModern forensic techniques have solved a centuries-old mystery by revealing that a headless skeleton in a Highland mausoleum is that of a young woman, and not an infamous 18th century clan chief.Contributed Author: Auslan Cramb, The TelegraphTopics: Forensic Anthropology
Categories: Law Enforcement

'Tourniquet Killer' Executed in Texas for 1992 Strangling

Fri, 01/19/2018 - 10:00
NewsTexas carried out the nation's first execution of 2018 Thursday evening, giving lethal injection to a man who became known as Houston's "Tourniquet Killer" because of his signature murder technique on four female victims.Contributed Author: Michael Graczyk, Associated PressTopics: Death Penalty
Categories: Law Enforcement

LAPD: Serial Rapist Arrested After Victim Fell Out of Car

Thu, 01/18/2018 - 12:17
News A security guard who was arrested after a prostitute fell out of his car is suspected of raping more than a dozen women or girls as young as 15 at gunpoint in Los Angeles County, police said Wednesday.Contributed Author: Michael Balsamo, Associated PressTopics: Sexual Assault Investigations
Categories: Law Enforcement

Cellphone Jamming System Tested at Maryland Prison

Thu, 01/18/2018 - 12:14
NewsFederal prisons officials on Wednesday tested a jamming technology inside the walls of a federal prison, a rare move that authorities said they hope will help combat the danger posed by inmates with cellphones.Contributed Author: Meg Kinnard, Associated PressTopics: Cybersecurity
Categories: Law Enforcement

COMPAS Software to Predict Recidivism No More Accurate Than Crowdsourcing, Study Says

Thu, 01/18/2018 - 12:12
NewsThe Correctional Offender Management Profiling for Alternative Sanctions, or COMPAS, program is a complex piece of software that is intended to predict which people in the criminal justice system are likely to be repeat offenders. But the sophisticated system is no more accurate than crowdsourcing non-experts based on just two factors, claims a new study by Dartmouth University computer scientists.Staff Author: Seth AugensteinTopics: Police Procedure
Categories: Law Enforcement

Suspect Charged with Murder in College Student's Killing

Thu, 01/18/2018 - 12:00
NewsA former high school classmate of a University of Pennsylvania student found stabbed and buried in a California park was charged Wednesday with murder and investigators were looking for evidence of a hate crime, a prosecutor said.Contributed Author: Amy Taxin, Associated Press
Categories: Law Enforcement

Detecting Chemical Agents with Confidence

Thu, 01/18/2018 - 11:57
NewsThe Joint Chemical Agent Detector (JCAD) has become an important defense tool on battlefields and in war-torn cities over the last few years. About the size and shape of a VHS tape or a hardcover novel, JCADs sound an alarm and begin to light up if nerve agents such as sarin or blister agents such as mustard gas are present.Contributed Author: National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)Topics: Toxicology
Categories: Law Enforcement

FBI Releases Age-Progressed Images of 4 Accused in 1986 Hijacking

Thu, 01/18/2018 - 11:49
NewsGraying hair and deep wrinkles show the passage of time since the 1986 hijacking of Pan Am Flight 73 in Pakistan, which left at least 20 dead and dozens wounded. Four new images of the alleged hijackers, published by the FBI last week, show the men age-progressed by 18 years since they were last photographed in 2000. Staff Author: Laura FrenchTopics: Unsolved
Categories: Law Enforcement

Texas Man, Convicted of Sex Crime, Gets Reversal of Fortune—From His Phone

Wed, 01/17/2018 - 12:21
NewsA police detective who never followed all the leads, a conflicted defense attorney who cried so uncontrollably she did not discuss appeal options after the “midnight verdict” of guilt, and a jury who convicted without any physical evidence at all. Greg Kelley had a lot of things going against him that led to his spending more than three years in prison for a crime he did not commit.Staff Author: Seth AugensteinTopics: Exonerations
Categories: Law Enforcement

2 Medical Examiners Offer Opposing Views at Murder Trial

Wed, 01/17/2018 - 10:36
NewsTwo medical examiners offered opposing views Tuesday during the murder trial of Brent Houdeshell, an Arlington man accused of killing 2-year-old Breydon Ferrell in March 2016.Contributed Author: The CourierTopics: Medical Examiner
Categories: Law Enforcement

Lawyer: Charges Possible in Connection with Vegas Shooting

Wed, 01/17/2018 - 10:25
NewsCharges could be filed in connection with the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history, even though the gunman responsible for killing 58 people is dead, a lawyer for Las Vegas police told a judge Tuesday.Contributed Author: Ken Ritter, Associated PressTopics: Firearms
Categories: Law Enforcement

Puerto Rico Embraces ‘Broken Windows’ Policing Amid Killings

Wed, 01/17/2018 - 10:21
NewsFederal and local authorities in Puerto Rico said Tuesday that they will implement a “broken windows” policing campaign to fight a surge in killings across the U.S. territory, which has reported 46 homicides so far this month—double the number at the same point last year.Contributed Author: Danica Coto, Associated PressTopics: Police Procedure
Categories: Law Enforcement

Navy Filing Homicide Charges Against 2 Ship Commanders

Wed, 01/17/2018 - 10:14
NewsFive officers involved in two Navy ship collisions last year that killed a total of 17 sailors are being charged with negligent homicide, the Navy said Tuesday.Contributed Author: Robert Burns and Lolita C. Baldor, Associated PressTopics: Crime Scene
Categories: Law Enforcement

Supreme Court to Consider Whether a Lawyer Can Admit a Client's Guilt Against His Wishes

Wed, 01/17/2018 - 10:01
NewsSupreme Court justices will consider Wednesday if a defendant’s attorney can admit a client’s guilt to a jury—as a concession defense—against the client’s expressed objection.Contributed Author: Audrey Taylor, ABC News
Categories: Law Enforcement

Quebec Police Multiply Cold Case Squad

Tue, 01/16/2018 - 11:19
NewsThe Québec Provincial Police are increasing staffing on their cold case squad from five persons to 25 detectives—and they are going to be looking at a group of roughly 750 cases full-time, trying to crack the toughest remaining mysteries in cities like Montreal, Quebec City and Laval.Staff Author: Seth AugensteinTopics: Unsolved
Categories: Law Enforcement

Research Analysis: Tazed and Confused

Tue, 01/16/2018 - 11:03
NewsOccasionally, a subject will allege that he could not comply with officer commands because he was “dazed and confused” after the use of an electrical weapon. An important new study headed up by Don Dawes and Jeff Ho, published in the Journal of Forensic and Legal Medicine, compares the cognitive effects of electronic control, physical exertion and alcohol intoxication.Contributed Author: Mark Kroll, Ph.D., FACC, FAIMBE, PoliceOneTopics: Police Procedure
Categories: Law Enforcement

Parents Arrested After Children Found Chained in House

Tue, 01/16/2018 - 09:53
NewsA 17-year-old girl called police after escaping from her family's home where she and her 12 brothers and sisters were locked up in filthy conditions, some so malnourished officers at first believed all were children even though seven are adults.Contributed Author: Associated PressTopics: Crime Scene
Categories: Law Enforcement

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