Federal habeas proceeding in Holland v. Lackner determines that the failure of DNA analysts to testify in a rape case was harmless error under the Confrontation Clause

In 2007, petitioner Holland voluntarily provided a DNA sample to law enforcement officials to help them investigate a crime in which petitioner’s brother was a suspect. Holland was thereby connected to a 2001 sexual assault cold case. The victim was an elderly woman who had since passed away. She had reported the forced oral sex […]

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23andMe Releases Transparency Report, Discloses Police Requests for DNA

23andMe released a Transparency Report disclosing requests by police departments for DNA data from 23andMe customers. The Report breaks down the data by geographical region and reports whether the DNA data was provided by 23andMe. At this point, only four requests have been made for five customers and 23andMe has not turned over any DNA information. This Transparency Report […]

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New ways of interpreting DNA tests could lead to the re-investigation of hundreds of cases.

After the FBI revised protocols and statistics for DNA testing, there could be hundreds of cases that will be called into question in Williamson and Travis counties. Law enforcement officials are particularly concerned about samples where there is potentially “mixed” DNA from two or more individuals. http://www.mystatesman.com/news/news/crime-law/concerns-over-dna-analysis-spur-review-of-hundreds/nn7SZ/

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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 […]

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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 […]

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