Forensic Magazine

Boy Scouts Could Be Hit With More Sex Abuse Claims

2 hours 50 min ago
NewsIn New York and elsewhere, lawyers are hard at work recruiting clients to sue the Boy Scouts, alleging they were molested as youths by scoutmasters or other volunteers.Contributed Author: David Crary, Associated PressTopics: Sexual Assault Investigations
Categories: Law Enforcement

Police Release Father's 911 Call Reporting Son Missing

3 hours 5 min ago
NewsA father told police that he'd looked around his house, garage and the surrounding neighborhood in suburban Chicago, looking for his 5-year-old son who was not home when he returned after a doctor's appointment, according to a recording of a 911 call released Tuesday.Contributed Author: Don Babwin, Associated PressTopics: Unsolved
Categories: Law Enforcement

She Was Fired After Raising Questions About a DNA Test. Now She’s Getting $1 Million.

3 hours 24 min ago
NewsMarina Stajic, who was fired from the New York City medical examiner’s office in 2015, sued in 2016, claiming she was pushed out in part because she had challenged a controversial DNA testing technique. On Monday, the city agreed to settle her case for $1 million.Contributed Author: Sharon Otterman, The New York TimesTopics: DNA
Categories: Law Enforcement

In Rambling Note to Judge, Pipe Bomb Mailer Blames Steroids

3 hours 42 min ago
NewsA Florida man who mailed crudely made pipe bombs to prominent critics of President Donald Trump said he abused steroids for over 40 years, an issue his lawyers say they'll cite at sentencing.Contributed Author: Larry Neumeister, Associated PressTopics: Forensic Psychology
Categories: Law Enforcement

Manson Follower Van Houten Gets Another Shot at Release

3 hours 45 min ago
NewsCharles Manson follower Leslie Van Houten is getting another chance at getting out of prison following a years-long saga that has seen a board recommend her parole three separate times.Contributed Author: Amanda Lee Myers, Associated Press
Categories: Law Enforcement

California Pushes Talks on 1st-in-US Police Shooting Rules

3 hours 48 min ago
NewsCalifornia lawmakers worked to find common ground Tuesday between law enforcement groups and reformers intent on adopting first-in-the-nation standards designed to limit fatal shootings by police.Contributed Author: Don Thompson, Associated PressTopics: Police Procedure
Categories: Law Enforcement

Delphi Double Killing of Girls: Indiana Police Issue Statement to Killer

Tue, 04/23/2019 - 12:28
NewsBy turns taunting and impassioned, the Indiana State Police superintendent held a press conference Monday at which he addressed the at-large killer who took the lives of two girls in 2017.Staff Author: Seth AugensteinTopics: Unsolved
Categories: Law Enforcement

Cold Case Grant Available

Tue, 04/23/2019 - 12:10
NewsAccording to a recently released solicitation, which has an application deadline of 11:59 p.m., Eastern Time on May 28, 2019, state and local prosecuting agencies may apply for a grant that can be used for investigative activities and forensic analyses that could lead to prosecuting violent crime cold cases.Contributed Author: Suzanna Ryan, Laboratory Director, Pure Gold ForensicsTopics: Unsolved
Categories: Law Enforcement

Kentucky Derby a Magnet for Human Trafficking, Officials Warn

Tue, 04/23/2019 - 11:44
NewsHuman traffickers are likely to prey on vulnerable young women and children at this year’s Kentucky Derby, state and local officials warned on Monday, and urged spectators to be alert to people with matching tattoos or branding marks.Contributed Author: Dan Whitcomb, ReutersTopics: Sexual Assault Investigations
Categories: Law Enforcement

Customers Videotaped at Spa in Kraft Case Sue Authorities

Tue, 04/23/2019 - 11:40
NewsNearly three dozen men and women have filed a federal class-action lawsuit accusing Florida authorities of unlawfully videotaping them as they received legal massages at a parlor where New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft and others allegedly paid for sex.Contributed Author: Terry Spencer, Associated PressTopics: Police Procedure
Categories: Law Enforcement

Armed Border Group's Leader Said to Have Assassination Plans

Tue, 04/23/2019 - 11:34
NewsThe leader of an armed group that has been detaining asylum-seeking families from Central America near the Mexican border said two years ago that he was training supporters to assassinate Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama and billionaire Democratic supporter George Soros, according to a criminal complaint filed Monday.Contributed Author: Cedar Attanasio, Associated PressTopics: Firearms
Categories: Law Enforcement

UK Government Publishes New Action Plan to Improve Police Forensics

Tue, 04/23/2019 - 11:25
NewsThe U.K. Home Office today publishes a 13-point action plan to improve police forensics.Contributed Author: Rt Hon Nik Hurd, MP, UK Home OfficeTopics: Police Procedure
Categories: Law Enforcement

Sri Lanka Minister: Easter Bombings a Response to NZ Attacks

Tue, 04/23/2019 - 11:03
NewsA top Sri Lanka official said Tuesday the Easter bombings that killed 321 people were carried out by Islamic fundamentalists in apparent retaliation for the New Zealand mosque massacres last month by a white supremacist, while the Islamic State group sought to claim responsibility for the suicide blasts at churches, hotels and other sites.Contributed Author: Emily Schmall and Krishan Francis, Associated Press
Categories: Law Enforcement

Abductor of Little Girl, Serving 50 Years, Due for Release

Mon, 04/22/2019 - 11:10
NewsMelissa Brannen went missing from an apartment complex Christmas party in 1989. Now, Caleb Hughes, charged with kidnapping with the intent to defile is being released this summer.Staff Author: Seth Augenstein
Categories: Law Enforcement

A Leading Cause for Wrongful Convictions: Experts Overstating Forensic Results

Mon, 04/22/2019 - 08:23
NewsMore than 150 men and women in American prisons were exonerated in 2018, according to a recent report by a registry that tracks wrongful convictions. The leading culprit in convicting innocent people was official misconduct, according to the report by the National Registry of Exonerations.Contributed Author: Heather Murphy, The New York TimesTopics: Exonerations
Categories: Law Enforcement

Officer Says Partner Fired Before He Could Analyze Threat

Mon, 04/22/2019 - 07:58
NewsThe partner of a Minneapolis police officer who fatally shot an unarmed woman as she approached their squad car testified Thursday that he didn't fire his own gun because he was still trying to determine if he was in danger, agreeing with a prosecutor's characterization that it would have been "premature" to use deadly force.Contributed Author: Amy Forliti, Associated PressTopics: Police Procedure
Categories: Law Enforcement

Study Tracks Unpredictability of Intimate Partner Violence

Mon, 04/22/2019 - 07:47
NewsDomestic violence is often unpredictable. Not knowing what will come next is sometimes a stronger predictor of a woman's health outcomes than violence frequency and severity, research suggests.Contributed Author: University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio
Categories: Law Enforcement

Weapons Trade Reveals a Darker Side to Dark Web

Mon, 04/22/2019 - 07:30
NewsResearchers crept into the dark web to investigate how firearms are anonymously bought and sold around the world.Contributed Author: Michigan State UniversityTopics: Firearms
Categories: Law Enforcement

Arkansas Faces New Court Fight Over Sedative for Executions

Mon, 04/22/2019 - 07:21
NewsA federal lawsuit filed by death row inmates has renewed a court fight over whether the sedative Arkansas uses for lethal injections causes torturous executions, two years after the state raced to put eight convicted killers to death in 11 days before a previous batch of the drug expired.Contributed Author: Andrew DeMillo, Associated PressTopics: Death Penalty
Categories: Law Enforcement

British Cyber Expert Pleads Guilty to Creating Malware

Mon, 04/22/2019 - 07:17
NewsA British cybersecurity researcher credited with stopping a worldwide computer virus has pleaded guilty to developing malware to steal banking information.Contributed Author: Ivan Moreno, Associated Press Topics: Cybersecurity
Categories: Law Enforcement