Joseph Buffey is a West Virginia man that was arrested in 2001 for the robbery and rape of an 83-year-old woman. He was interrogated by police for nine hours without food, when he finally confessed to the break-in in a tape-recorded statement. He then immediately denied his involvement, saying that he made up the story… Read More West Virginia Supreme Court addresses whether defendants should have the right to exculpatory DNA results before entering a guilty plea
“In regions experiencing armed conflict, it is well documented that sexual violence is used strategically by armed groups against communities, families, and individuals. Although the use of sexual violence as a weapon of war is prohibited by international criminal law, these cases are notoriously difficult to prosecute, often because of a lack of available evidence.… Read More University of Leicester researching new ways of collecting DNA from victims of sex crimes in conflict zones
In California, Proposition 47 was passed in 2014 to reduce many low level, nonviolent felonies to misdemeanors; the law also applies retroactively. Proposition 47 did not address what should happen to DNA samples in these cases, but the 4th Circuit recently held that individuals whose offenses are reclassified as misdemeanors should have their DNA removed… Read More Fourth Dist. Appeals Ct Holds Prop 47 Requires Purging of DNA Database
Through CSI, jurors have been introduced to forensic sciences and testing techniques that are often innovative and on the cutting edge. However, many of the techniques displayed on the television show are unfeasible for local law enforcement agencies that are strapped for resources, or the techniques have not undergone proper testing for reliability. For instance, experts have… Read More New York Post addresses the “CSI Effect” among jurors
The latest from ABC Chicago on questions concerning the methods used to validate testing of blood and urine at the Illinois State Police Lab: “Unreliability in science is like a bull in a china shop: it can wreck everything. The Illinois state crime lab is under fire by a criminal defendant who may have been wrongly… Read More Illinois State Police Lab and blood testing
A man known as “the Creeper” is suspected of breaking into over 40 homes in the Greater Miami region. He is known for standing over his victims and watching them sleep, and has become more emboldened to sexually assault some victims. He has been linked to different break-ins through DNA evidence. Police have also used… Read More “The Creeper” Attacks Linked by DNA Evidence; New Technology Puts Face to DNA Sample
The U.S. Office of Personnel Management now admits hackers didn’t take only personal information of 5.6 million present and previous federal employees – they took the fingerprints. What implications will this have? Read more here.