Officials at the Louisiana State Police Crime Lab have elected to employ familial searching as a means to identify close relatives of potential suspects in cold cases. Familial searching, in contrast to conventional DNA identification, uses partial matches or commonalities to identify individuals with a similar DNA profiles. This process allows law enforcement to identify relatives… Read More Lousiana Employing New DNA Technology to Re-Visit Cold Cases
The Boston Globe reports that tampering charges levied against Annie Dookhan, a former Massachusettes state chemist, will result in thousands of drug-related convictions to be vacated. Overall, Dookhan was involved in 24,000 convictions and over 40,000 cases. Only a few hundred of those convictions are set to remain. She admitted to over 24 charges of… Read More Thousands of Convictions to be Vacated Amid Massachusettes Chemist’s Tampering Charges
A story in the NYT, here, about research published Monday by researchers at New York University and Michigan State University suggesting that fake fingerprints prints that include common features. The researchers did not use a phone maker’s software, though, and apparently companies are investigating anti-spoofing protections. Chris Boehnen, of the federal government’s Odin program, said: “What’s concerning here… Read More Fooling Smartphone Fingerprint Readers?
A story here by Spencer Hsu on the decision by the Attorney General to end the National Commission on Forensic Science – and suspend a review of forensic science methods. The Post also made available an advance copy of the announcement of this decision.
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The House Judiciary Committee held hearings to examine the state of forensic science in the United States. The transcript is here. Written testimony was submitted as well, from Dr. Victor Weedn, G.W. University, Mr. Matthew Gamette, Lab System Director, Idaho State Police Forensic Science, Dr. David Baldwin, National Security Technologies, LLC, and Prof. Sandra Guerra… Read More House Judiciary on Forensics
Grits for Breakfast, nom de guerre of astute criminal justice commentator and new Director of the Innocence Project of Texas, offers its thoughts on the five junkiest junk sciences.