State Crime Lab Struggles With Backlog

State Crime Lab Struggles With Backlog, reports the Harford Courant. An example is the case of Ronald Brown. The rape kit of the victim would ultimately point to another man. “Police departments submitting DNA evidence from a homicide scene can expect to wait as long as nine months for processing, unless it is a high-profile […]

No government bodies regulate forensic labs

No government bodies regulate forensic labs, that should make you wonder. If DNA plays such a huge role in criminal court, why is it that there is no federal oversight? Even the best labs can make mistakes. The Armed Forces Institute of Pathology landed at the center of the high-profile case of Cynthia Sommer, a […]

DNA evidence jeopardized by faulty refrigerator

DNA evidence jeopardized by faulty refrigerator at the Colorado Springs Police Department. Their spokesman Lt. David Whitlock said experts don’t believe it will endanger any criminal cases. The Colorado Springs police crime lab is under fire for erring on dozens of blood-alcohol tests in drunken driving cases. The official said that this was not related to the faulty […]

Identifying the Lost Soldiers of Fromelles

Archaeologists wore protective clothing to prevent contamination of the remains, from the BBC

Identifying the Lost Soldiers of Fromelles is a great BBC Magazine article on another use of DNA: to identify the remains of World War I soldiers found in mass graves in France. “The remains of 250 British and Australian soldiers had lain undiscovered for 93 years since falling on the Western Front.Boots, purses, toothbrushes and […]

New tip in Teekah Lewis case

Age Progression Teekah Lewis 2014, Photograph Nat. Center for Missing & Exploited Children

New tip in Teekah Lewis case has police exploring Tacoma Park. Teekah Lewis was 2 years old when she disappeared from the now-defunct New Frontier Lanes in Tacoma on Jan. 23, 1999. Teekah was with her family in a bowling alley late in the evening. Her mother kept an eye on her except for one moment […]

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