Problems Aplenty With Forensic Science : Marquette University Law ...
Recent Posts More on an Ethic of Professional Satisfaction Supreme Court Takes New First Amendment Public Employment Case Thornton Confident MPS “Can Crack the Code” to Overcoming Poverty’s Effects Problems Aplenty With Forensic Science SCOTUS to Rule on Meaning of “Cocaine Base” Starting a Law Practice on a Tax Return and a Credit Card Racial Disparities and Risk Assessment Recent Comments Matt Ricci on Starting a Law Practice on a Tax Return and a Credit CardTom Kamenick on Starting a Law Practice on a Tax Return and a Credit CardRichard Gicomeng on Age Discrimination in [more...]
Date: 2010-10-12 18:50:05
Bode Technology Continues to Expand Its International Forensic DNA ...
state-of-the-art human DNA analysis and innovative DNA collection products. The range of Bode’s services include diverse offerings such as high-throughput DNA testing services, case work analysis, missing person identification, CODIS databanking of convicted offenders or arrestees, private databanking, as well as paternity and non-forensic identification. Our patented DNA collection systems are in use worldwide for collections of DNA from convicted offenders and arrestees, from crime scenes, as well as from parents and children for genealogy and identification services. Our analysts [more...]
Date: 2010-08-02 19:00:00
Defense lawyer: Have outsider review police DNA lab audit | Austin ...
Defense lawyer: Have outsider review police DNA lab audit By Steven Kreytak | Wednesday, October 6, 2010, 10:08 AM A prominent Austin defense lawyer suggested in an e-mail that Travis County prosecutors and Austin police should present to a non-law enforcement DNA expert the recent Department of Public Safety review of the Austin Police Department DNA lab, a review that authorities said Tuesday has cleared the lab of allegations initiated by a former employee. A story in today’s Statesman reported on the clean review, prompted by a lengthy memo from former DNA analyst Cecily Hamilton in [more...]
Date: 2010-10-06 16:08:30
Wong Defense Questions Credibility Of DNA Lab - Greenville News ...
POSTED: 11:20 am EDT September 20, 2010 UPDATED: 4:41 pm EDT September 20, 2010 NEWTON, N.C. -- A forensic biologist from the with the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation testified Monday in the capital murder trial of Edwardo Wong.Wong is charged with fatally shooting Trooper Shawn Blanton in June 2008 during a traffic stop along Interstate 40 near Canton in Haywood County.Russell Holly, an SBI agent, testified he collected items from Wong's vehicle and the scene to be sent off for DNA analysis.The jury saw photos of the items collected -- including weapons removed from Wong's [more...]
Date: 2010-09-20 20:41:11
Innocence Blog: Houston Man Free After 23 Years
Posted: August 7, 2009 2:46 pm Innocence Project client Ernest Sonnier is free today after more than two decades in Texas prisons for a rape he didn’t commit. DNA testing has proven Sonnier’s innocence of the 1985 attack and implicated two other men. Sonnier was freed on bond today by a Texas judge while he continues seeking to fully clear his name in the weeks ahead. His mother, Altha Davis, told reporters that she always knew he was innocent because he was with her when the crime was allegedly committed – on Christmas Eve 1985. “It’s been long for me, so long,” she said. [more...]
Date: 2009-08-07 19:46:00
APD to announce results of DNA lab investigation
Date: 2010-10-01 02:03:00
Sosilawati murder: Chemistry Department Needs More Time To Analyse DNA
"We expect that the process can be completed in the near future. However, we cannot provide any time frame when we can hand over the results to the police. "The time taken to complete the DNA profiling depends on the amount of samples available," he said told Bernama. Sosilawati, 47, her driver Kamaruddin Shamsuddin, 44, lawyer Ahmad Kamil Abdul Karim, 32, and CIMB Bank officer Noorhisham Mohammad, 38, went missing on Aug 30 after they went to Banting in Selangor over a land deal. Police found out that the four were killed, their bodies burnt and the ashes thrown into rivers near Ladang [more...]
Date: 2010-09-20 22:10:00
DNA Fingerprinting Not Exactly Reliable in Forensics
The incredibly small amount of DNA in samples and pressure to gain a conviction can lead to bias, according to an investigation by New Scientist, reports the Daily Mail. The magazine sent a sample of DNA from a real crime scene to 17 experienced analysts in a US lab. The experts’ differing results cast doubts over the technique’s reliability. The sample, from a gang rape, had already been used to convict a man but only one of the 17 scientists came to the same conclusion. Itiel Dror, a University College London scientist, who helped set up the investigation, said: ‘It is time DNA [more...]
Date: 2010-08-12 06:40:01
DNA fingerprinting not exactly reliable in forensics
DNA evidence is not exactly reliable in criminal investigation as interpretation of samples can be highly subjective and prone to error, says a new study. The incredibly small amount of DNA in samples and pressure to gain a conviction can lead to bias, according to an investigation by New Scientist, reports the Daily Mail. The magazine sent a sample of DNA from a real crime scene to 17 experienced analysts in a US lab. The experts' differing results cast doubts over the technique's reliability. The sample, from a gang rape, had already been used to convict a man but only one of the 17 [more...]
Date: 2010-08-12 06:30:01
Fallible DNA evidence can mean prison or freedom, would you trust ...
False peaks in the profile created by imperfections in the analysis machine may also be mistaken for alleles. This is called "drop-in". This year, the Scientific Working Group on DNA Analysis Methods (SWGDAM), which issues guidance to US labs performing forensic DNA analysis, published new recommendations regarding the interpretation of forensic DNA. These include a suggestion that labs develop strict criteria for deciding what denotes the presence of an allele, and what amount of DNA constitutes the minimum for a profile to be constructed. Labs should also document and define any [more...]
Date: 2010-08-16 17:10:00
DNA Testing - Legal DNA Tests DNA Testing Center Paternity Test ...
I always find it engaging to watch and read about cases even if they are fictional, knowing that these forensic analysts use the same processes that I use in legal and private DNA identity testing. Maybe someday, forensic analysts will be more involved in solving criminal cases. Hey, a guy can only dream. The relative but successful newcomer to the television world, Bones, explores forensic analysis using bone as the main source of DNA as well as investigative profiling. Being a relative newcomer myself, I decided to do some research into the practical aspects and methods involved in [more...]
Date: 2010-10-08 15:20:00
The Returning Casualty Blog » We thank our partners in DNA analysis
Many professionals have helped TRC in its mission, and the DNA analysts have been among the most supportive. Some of the best in the nation have come forth to assist. TRC’s first door opened at Family Tree DNA, a Houston based service that uses state of the art DNA technology to discover the ancestry of its clients (See the website www.familytreedna.com for interesting information about DNA technology, including an interview with BBC.). The company’s President and CEO, Bennett Greenspan, promptly replied to TRC’s request for assistance. Mr. Greenspan and TRC’s General Counsel, Wesley [more...]
Date: 2010-07-14 06:42:23
OJ Simpson Trial at 15: A Legacy of Bad DNA, Beard Strokes, Bruno …
Simpson also brought in Barry Scheck (pictured below) and Peter Neufeld, the two most-knowledgeable attorneys on the planet regarding DNA evidence, which became a critical component — and arguably the most important legal legacy — of the trial. There was certainly no shortage of circumstantial evidence connecting Simpson to the murders. He had a long history of abusing his ex-wife, a point the prosecution drilled home in their opening statement by playing a frantic 911 call made by Mrs. Simpson, five years before the murders, when an enraged O.J. was banging on her door. The case ignited [more...]
Date: 2010-10-12 01:30:22
DNA entry backlog tops 6000 at state lab in Idaho - Spokesman.com ...
October 10, 2010 in City, Idaho DNA entry backlog tops 6,000 at state lab in Idaho IDAHO FALLS – There are more than 6,000 DNA samples from convicted felons in Idaho waiting to be processed and entered in state and national DNA Index Systems, an Idaho State Police official says. Forensic Services Quality Manager Matthew Gamette said the backlog at the Idaho State Lab includes samples dating back to 2006. “We’re doing all we can to maximize the system,” Gamette told the Idaho Falls Post Register. “We’re trying to do what we can to throw as many resources as we can at [more...]
Date: 2010-10-10 07:00:00
Forensic DNA Analyst
Due to continued and exceptional growth a position now exists for an experienced Forensic DNA Analyst to join a leading forensic service provider in Oxford. In this role you will examine DNA mixtures as part of a criminal investigation [more...]
Date: 2010-08-23 23:00:25
Forensic Scientist DNA Analysis Career
Hi there, my daughter is in year 9 @ High School and has been tasked with finding out all she can on the career of a Forensic Scientist - DNA Analyst. Can anyone please provide answers to the following: What does a Forensic Scientist do? What does the job entail? What subjects are best studied at school to help lead one into this career? What qualifications will one need to become a Foprensic Scientist? Any other information/Facts that you may feel are relevant to the role of the F/Scientist that could be of help? Many thanks [more...]
Date: 2010-08-28 06:43:09