Forensic Magazine

Alabama Executes Man Convicted of Murdering Police Officer

Fri, 10/20/2017 - 11:47
NewsAlabama on Thursday executed a man convicted of killing a police officer in 1997 by shooting him multiple times in his patrol car, prison officials said.Contributed Author: ReutersTopics: Death Penalty
Categories: Law Enforcement

Thousands of Cases Under Review by DA in Texas

Fri, 10/20/2017 - 11:43
NewsThe Travis County District Attorney’s Office has reviewed thousands of cases that may have been impacted by compromised evidence at APD’s now-closed DNA lab. Contributed Author: KXANTopics: Crime Lab
Categories: Law Enforcement

What Characteristics Do School Shooters Share?

Fri, 10/20/2017 - 11:34
NewsBoys involved in school shootings often struggle to live up to what they perceive as their school's ideals surrounding masculinity.Contributed Author: SpringerTopics: Firearms
Categories: Law Enforcement

State Lawmaker Has Grim Task of Identifying Constituents Who Died in Fires

Fri, 10/20/2017 - 11:31
NewsIn addition to representing the residents of the Second Assembly District, which reaches from northern Santa Rosa to the Oregon border, Jim Wood is a forensic odontologist, a special type of dentist who examines the teeth and dental records of those whose bodies are unrecognizable.Contributed Author: SFGateTopics: Medical Examiner
Categories: Law Enforcement

Federal Judge Unseals New York Crime Lab’s Software for Analyzing DNA Evidence

Fri, 10/20/2017 - 11:18
NewsA federal judge this week unsealed the source code for a software program developed by New York City’s crime lab, exposing to public scrutiny a disputed technique for analyzing complex DNA evidence.Contributed Author: Lauren Kirchner, ProPublicaTopics: DNA
Categories: Law Enforcement

Virtual Case Notes: Cardiac Password Project Seeks Authentication Without Lifting a Finger

Thu, 10/19/2017 - 12:27
NewsResearcher and associate professor of electrical engineering Changzhi Li of Texas Tech University envisions a form of passive and “continuous authentication” with his “cardiac password” project, an ongoing research effort to develop sensors that could authenticate a user with only the unique waveform of their heartbeat.Staff Author: Laura FrenchTopics: Cybersecurity
Categories: Law Enforcement

Texas Man's Execution Halted Amid Alleged Confession Scheme

Thu, 10/19/2017 - 12:11
NewsA judge on Wednesday halted the execution of a man known as the Houston area's "Tourniquet Killer" so authorities can investigate an alleged scheme in which the inmate says a fellow death row prisoner asked him to confess to another killing.Contributed Author: Michael Graczyk, Associated PressTopics: Death Penalty
Categories: Law Enforcement

'Murder Insurance' or Protection in Self-defense Cases?

Thu, 10/19/2017 - 12:07
NewsThe National Rifle Association is offering insurance for people who shoot someone, stirring criticism from gun-control advocates who say it could foster more violence and give gun owners a false sense of security to shoot first and ask questions later.Contributed Author: Lisa Marie Pane, Associated PressTopics: Firearms
Categories: Law Enforcement

Mass Killings Rate Steady Over Decade, But Totally Random

Thu, 10/19/2017 - 11:59
NewsStatistics over the last decade point to a routine, if grim, reality: the rate of mass killings has remained completely steady. At the same time, it remains completely unpredictable, report two scientists at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in the journal Victims and Violence. Staff Author: Seth AugensteinTopics: Firearms
Categories: Law Enforcement

Court: Examine if Austin Crime Lab Botched Death Penalty Evidence

Thu, 10/19/2017 - 11:49
NewsTexas' highest criminal court on Wednesday ordered a closer examination of death row inmate Areli Escobar’s claims that shoddy work by the Austin police crime lab compromised evidence in his case.Contributed Author: Chuck Lindell, American-StatesmanTopics: Crime Lab
Categories: Law Enforcement

FBI LEOKA Report: 66 Officers Feloniously Killed in 2016

Thu, 10/19/2017 - 11:09
NewsA total of 118 law enforcement officers were killed in the line of duty in 2016, according to the FBI’s annual Law Enforcement Officers Killed and Assaulted (LEOKA) report released Monday. Of those deaths, 52 were accidental and 66 were felonious.Contributed Author: Federal Bureau of InvestigationTopics: Police Procedure
Categories: Law Enforcement

$30,000 Reward Offered for Killer of Dog Stabbed and Stuffed in Suitcase in Florida

Wed, 10/18/2017 - 12:36
NewsA reward of $30,000 is being offered to identify the killer of a dog who was found stabbed over 50 times, beaten and stuffed in a suitcase in Hollywood, Florida last week. Staff Author: Laura FrenchTopics: Unsolved
Categories: Law Enforcement

Finding Kayleigh Green: Who Lured Chicago Teen Out of Her Home?

Wed, 10/18/2017 - 12:14
NewsA 15-year-old walked out of her family’s Chicago home in the middle of the night two weeks ago. Kayleigh Green left behind her cellphone charger and case, and four important medications. Two weeks into the search, Green is now considered to be in “critical” danger by investigators. Staff Author: Seth AugensteinTopics: Unsolved
Categories: Law Enforcement

Case Reveals Legal Rules of Thumb Tricky with iPhone Sensors

Wed, 10/18/2017 - 11:34
NewsA federal judge in Chicago is the latest to weigh in on still-disputed legal questions about whether law enforcement can order suspects to put their fingers on fingerprint sensors to unlock a smartphone, concluding it’s not necessarily a violation of protections against self-incrimination.Contributed Author: Michael Tarm, Associated PressTopics: Mobile Forensics
Categories: Law Enforcement

Harvard Students Help Advance Forensic Science Reform in Massachusetts

Wed, 10/18/2017 - 11:19
NewsOver a year ago, a group of students in Harvard Law School’s Criminal Justice Policy Program (CJPP) began working to propel forensic science reform in Massachusetts. On Oct. 2, the students’ work on forensic science reform culminated in a Wrongful Conviction Day event, held in the Massachusetts State House.Contributed Author: Harvard Law SchoolTopics: Exonerations
Categories: Law Enforcement

Chinese Nationals Indicted on Fentanyl Manufacturing

Wed, 10/18/2017 - 11:03
NewsTwo Chinese nationals have been indicted on charges they manufactured tons of fentanyl and other powerful narcotics that were then peddled in the United States, killing at least four people and seriously injuring five others, Justice Department officials announced Tuesday.Contributed Author: Sadie Gurman, Associated PressTopics: Toxicology
Categories: Law Enforcement

Florida Man Awarded $37,500 After Cops Mistake Glazed Doughnut Crumbs for Meth

Tue, 10/17/2017 - 12:46
NewsOrlando police noticed some crystals on the floorboard of the car 64-year-old Daniel Rushing during a search, and when they used a field testing kit, the white substance tested positive for methamphetamine. Rushing told the officers the substance was from a Krispy Kreme doughnut, and lab testing proved the substance was not meth. Contributed Author: Laurel Wamsley, NPRTopics: Toxicology
Categories: Law Enforcement

Foreign Experts to Help Malta Investigate Reporter's Killing

Tue, 10/17/2017 - 12:25
NewsA Dutch forensic team arrived in Malta on Tuesday to help investigate the car bomb slaying of a journalist who scrutinized the country's top politicians and other powerful figures, an official said, as angry Maltese demanded the truth about who killed the anti-corruption crusader.Contributed Author: Stephen Calleja and Frances D'Emilio, Associated PressTopics: Crime Scene
Categories: Law Enforcement

‘They’re Just Sitting Here’: A CODIS Rape Kit Conundrum in Ohio, and Beyond

Tue, 10/17/2017 - 12:17
NewsIn Ohio, the rate of “hits” in CODIS from tested rape kits is higher than just about any other state. But a CODIS hit doesn’t mean detectives are immediately hot on the trail of a serial rapist. That’s just the beginning of a new investigation. And sometimes, the waiting just enters a new phase, according to some law enforcement agencies. Staff Author: Seth AugensteinTopics: Sexual Assault Investigations
Categories: Law Enforcement

Report Finds State Lab Withheld Breathalyzer Test Results

Tue, 10/17/2017 - 11:04
NewsThe head of a state crime lab office was fired Monday after investigators found that staff withheld exculpatory evidence from defense lawyers in thousands of drunken-driving cases since 2011, a disclosure that could threaten many convictions.Contributed Author: Aimee Ortiz and Maria Cramer, The Boston GlobeTopics: Crime Lab
Categories: Law Enforcement