Backlogs and Bylaws: The Tainted Story of Texas Rape Kit Testing

A June 27th Dallas News article recently sparked public outcry when it revealed that over eight hundred moldy rape kits were found decaying in the Austin Police Department[1]. Rape kits have had a long history as crucial components of the forensic process for sexual assault cases. The first rape kit was developed in the 1970s… Read More Backlogs and Bylaws: The Tainted Story of Texas Rape Kit Testing

Lousiana Employing New DNA Technology to Re-Visit Cold Cases

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

Thousands of Convictions to be Vacated Amid Massachusettes Chemist’s Tampering Charges

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