Two Techniques Used by NYC Chief Medical Examiner’s Office to Analyze DNA Mixtures Discontinued

The New York Times reports that two techniques used by the office of the NYC Chief Medical Examiner to analyze DNA mixtures have been discontinued. The lab had a national reputation for using techniques surpassing those used by the FBI, analyzing samples from jurisdictions around the country for about $1,000 per sample. Although multiple former… Read More Two Techniques Used by NYC Chief Medical Examiner’s Office to Analyze DNA Mixtures Discontinued

“Emperor of Junk Science” Dies in Apparent Murder-Suicide

The Washington Post reports that Robert O’Block, who founded the American College of Forensic Examiners Institute (“ACFEI”), committed suicide in late July after apparently murdering his girlfriend. The ACFEI, which is one of the largest forensics certification bodies in the United States, has been criticized over the years for collecting fees from members without thoroughly… Read More “Emperor of Junk Science” Dies in Apparent Murder-Suicide

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