A Team of Scientists Creates Glowing Fingerprint Detection Technology

A team of scientists in Australia developed a liquid that can be applied to solid, nonporous surfaces and produces fingerprints under a blacklight within 30 seconds. The liquid contains metal organic framework (MOF) crystals that bind to residue left behind by a fingerprint. Developers hope that this fingerprint detection liquid can be used in situations in […]

Quinn v. State examines whether statute of limitations can be extended after DNA analysis

In 1988, a child molestation was reported to Elkhart County law enforcement. Over the years, many leads on the case failed to pan out, but forensic samples containing spermatazoa were kept stored with the Elkhart County Sheriff. At the time, DNA testing was not available. After DNA technology became more advanced, the Elkhart County Sheriff re-opened […]

Texas Man Freed Under “Junk Science” Statute

A Texas man, Steven Mark Chaney, convicted over 25 years ago, in part by bite mark evidence and testimony that there was a “one to a million” chance that the bite marks belonged to another individual, has been released from prison. Under a Texas statute passed in 2013, prisoners can seek habeas relief if advancements in […]

The Innocence Project has called upon the Texas Forensic Commission to place a moratorium on the use of bitemark evidence

The Innocence Project has called upon the Texas Forensic Science Commission to discredit bitemark identification evidence in criminal cases and call a moratorium on its use, stating a lack of reliability in the “science.” Although bitemark is rarely used in criminal cases, it is responsible for 24 wrongful convictions that have been overturned through DNA evidence, […]

DC Department of Forensic Sciences Obtains $8 Million Supplemental Budget, Makes Major Changes

The DC Department of Forensic Sciences is making major changes in its operations with help from an $8 million budget supplement passed by Mayor Muriel Bowster. The changes to the Department include a new data management system, better training for employees, processing case backlogs, and hiring scientists to conduct crime scene collections.

Man accused of murder seeks computer code for the DNA program that incriminated him

A Pittsburgh-area man named Michael Robinson was accused of murder after a computer program called TrueAllele matched his DNA to the DNA on a bandana found at the crime scene. Initially, experts said that there were three individuals’ DNA on the bandana and the results of the DNA test were inconclusive. A second test by […]