Grandparents Can Get Involved With Paternity Testing as Well
Traditionally, we think of paternity testing a something that involves a wronged spouse or a father looking to see if he has a paternal relationship with a particular child, but there are other instances where dna testing is used for the betterment of people as well. DNA Testing We're all familiar with the fact that dna testing is widely used to solve criminal activities as well but one of the places where people might be surprised to find it being implemented is with cases concerning the grandparentage of individuals. Generally, this kind of test is used to determine if two people can be the [more...]
Date: 2010-06-08 16:08:27
I-Micronews - MICROFLUIDICS TECHNO: Lockheed Martin and ZyGEM ...
The result is a compact platform that can analyze DNA simply, accurately and rapidly, enabling DNA identification to be used more widely and in many more settings." explained ZyGEM CEO Paul Kinnon. "Forensic and other federal, state and local government applications represent critical near-term markets for our technology, and we are delighted to have Lockheed Martin as a key teammate in the development of our first systems." The cost and complexity of current forensic DNA analysis methods has contributed to significant processing backlogs throughout the criminal justice system. Data from [more...]
Date: 2010-09-24 14:37:45
WCU installs new DNA sequencing equipment | The Reporter
The studies that forensic science faculty members are planning for Western Carolina University’s new next-generation DNA sequencer could help introduce the technology into crime laboratory casework. Brittania Bintz holds a pico-titer plate containing DNA and reagents for sequencing. Western Carolina University forensic science faculty recently completed installation of a new next-generation DNA sequencer called a GS Junior System. WCU acquired and recently completed installation of a GS Junior System, an instrument that Roche Diagnostic Corp. launched globally in May. The instrument [more...]
Date: 2010-09-14 21:02:20
Sheema Mangar murder …Parents unhappy at lack of progress in case ...
When this newspaper had spoken to Crime Chief Seelall Persaud about the tests, he said that the process was not something that could be done overnight. He added that DNA testing may also have to be done.Thakoor urged the ranks to return to the scene and do “diligent investigations” as somebody must have seen something that night that could lead to the perpetrators.Thakoor said that she still believes that her daughter’s Blackberry cell phone was the target of the perpetrators. Asked why her daughter would risk her life to retrieve the instrument, she opined that she probably expected [more...]
Date: 2010-10-12 09:16:16
How Can Dna Testing Help Me With My Genealogy?Trace My Family Tree ...
Ever wondered if DNA testing could help you discover who your ancestors were or where they were from? Now you can find that out with such a test. Testing DNA was made popular by the numerous high – profile paternity tests and criminal [more...]
Date: 2010-08-27 09:55:00
Tainted Confessions End Up in Long Prison Sentences - Miami ...
A recent study out of the University of Virginia revealed that in 250 rape and murder cases where the defendants were eventually exonerated as a result of DNA testing, 40 individuals had confessed to a crime or crimes they did not commit. Three examples of recently exonerated, wrongfully accused defendants convicted of violent crimes come out of Broward County. Don't kid yourself, defendants charged in Miami-Dade County and across the State of Florida are doing hard time for crimes they did not commit. The lucky defendants are the ones that are released because DNA existed to prove their [more...]
Date: 2010-10-06 14:29:15
UTV News - DNA evidence in RUC murder case
At 14:52 on 01 October 2010, lorna wrote: Billy this murder was thirty years ago. It is less than twenty years since it was first accepted by the court. and still there are problems with DNA. Thank goodness Police forensic has been developed over the years. At 19:30 on 30 September 2010, Billy wrote: DNA profiling has been around for over twenty years in the UK. I still smell at rat!! At 13:33 on 30 September 2010, ruc widow wrote: Jim. All murders including the murders of the RUC officers are now in the hands of the HET we were all invited to Stormont hotel and told [more...]
Date: 2010-09-28 21:06:56
Wednesday round-up : SCOTUSblog
Switzer, a case in which the Court will grapple with whether a prisoner may bring a claim under Section 1983 to gain access to biological evidence for DNA testing. NASA contractors have asked Acting Solicitor General Neal Katyal to retract a statement made last week during oral argument in NASA v. Nelson. The statement concerns the extent of access to agency facilities that the contractors’ identification badges provide. The Department of Justice says it will not take action to amend the record because the statements were accurate. The Washington Post has the story. The editorial board of [more...]
Date: 2010-10-13 14:13:40
Tell Toledo » Blog Archive » Lourdes Lifelong Learning opens fall ...
“Using DNA to Help Solve Cold Cases” The Lourdes College Lifelong Learning program kicks off its 2010-2011 season at 10 a.m. on Friday, September 17 in the Franciscan Theatre & Conference Center. Lucas County Prosecutor Julia Bates, J.D. and Chief of the Criminal Division of the Lucas County Prosecutor’s Office Dean Mandros, J.D. will present “Using DNA to Help Solve Cold Cases.”?? “Using DNA to Help Solve Cold Cases” shares the history behind DNA including its initial discovery and the birth of DNA testing. The presentation will also address the ways that criminal prosecution [more...]
Date: 2010-08-27 19:25:59
OJ Simpson Trial at 15: A Legacy of Bad DNA, Beard Strokes, Bruno ...
"We didn't attack the reliability of DNA testing -- we shined the light on how the same bad practices were being followed all over." Looking back now, Scheck says the Simpson criminal trial was a "mixed bag" for him. On the one hand, his success in the trial -- Darden says Scheck was "the single most responsible person for O.J.'s acquittal" -- gave him a wider platform for The Innocence Project and for reforming outdated police practices. At the same time, says Scheck, "obviously there's a stigma attached with the O.J. case because most people think he killed those victims." Some would say [more...]
Date: 2010-10-01 16:06:00
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 in Forensic Science
Since the introduction of DNA testing as evidence in 1990, criminal justice system has been improved but mistakes and human errors have downplayed the effectiveness of the technology. This DNA forensic has undeniably helped in solving [more...]
Date: 2010-10-10 10:58:31
Article: DNA Theft: Recognizing the Crime of Nonconsensual Genetic ...
A quick on-line search reveals many companies that offer “secret” or “discreet” DNA testing. The rapid proliferation of companies offering direct-to-consumer genetic testing at ever lower prices means that both the technology and motives exist for DNA theft. Yet in nearly every American jurisdiction, DNA theft is not a crime. Rather, the nonconsensual collection and analysis of another person’s DNA is virtually unconstrained by law. This article explains how DNA theft poses a serious threat to genetic privacy and why it merits consideration as a distinct criminal offense. You can [more...]
Date: 2010-10-01 19:16:29
DNA Testing to Free Wrongfully Convicted Benefits Rape Victims ...
The American criminal justice system has a far from perfect record when it comes to helping rape survivors. Whether it be refusing to permit the administration of a rape kit, making unfounded accusations against and jailing survivors, or letting hundreds of thousands of untested rape kits sit collecting dust, the picture can be pretty grim. But rape kits aren't the only things going untested that should be. I'm talking about DNA tests. As Matt Kelley writes on Criminal Justice, DNA tests have exonerated 258 wrongfully convicted persons, many of whom were in jail for rape. Yet appeals for DNA [more...]
Date: 2010-08-20 19:16:00
Cat DNA Can Aid in Criminal Investigations | easyDNA Blog
If you have ever inquired about a hair DNA test or know some of the basics of DNA you may know that DNA is found throughout nucleated cells in the body. Since hairs are simply made up of protein then we know that there is no nuclear DNA in hair. The same applies for cats- there is no nuclear DNA in cat hair. However, cat hair and human hair contain what is known as MtDNA (mitochondrial DNA) and this, like nuclear DNA, is unique to each of us. Cat DNA convicts murderer A body was found in a grave on Prince Edward Island, Canada. Police investigators identified the body as belonging to Shirley [more...]
Date: 2010-05-20 08:24:39
Another New Supreme Court Term, Another New Justice | Cato @ Liberty
Chicago and Citizens United actually produced fewer dissents than any in recent memory—we do look forward to: Two big free speech challenges, one over a statute prohibiting the sale of violent video games to minors, another the offensive protesting of a fallen soldier’s funeral; An Establishment Clause lawsuit against Arizona’s tax credit for private tuition funds (an alternative to educational voucher programs); Regulatory federalism (or “preemption”) cases involving: safety standards for seatbelts; an Arizona statute regarding the hiring of illegal aliens; and the forbidding of [more...]
Date: 2010-10-04 11:06:21
Wisconsin Law Journal » Blog Archive » DNA testing rules may change
Further, he argued, “for situations in which there was no finding of probable cause to continue with criminal prosecution, access to someone’s DNA sample would be of no benefit to anyone in the legal system.” Under the provisions of the bill, a person who intentionally fails to submit a sample is subject to a fine of up to $10,000, up to nine months in prison or both. Destroying DNA Once an arrestee provides a sample, criminal attorneys worry that it may be difficult to have that sample destroyed later. The bills provide that crime labs must expunge DNA analysis from the databank if a [more...]
Date: 2010-02-15 19:08:42
NC's Cooper To Discuss Expansion Of DNA Testing - MyNC News Home Page
"Our most dangerous criminals are most apt to reoffend," Tom Bennett with the North Carolina Victim Assistance Network added. "But if we have DNA to prevent these crimes why shouldn't we take it?" But Sarah Preston with the American [more...]
Date: 2010-05-25 16:00:23
Bar News Article
Eighteenth Circuit Judge J. Preston Silvernail, who ordered the DNA testing that freed exoneree Wilton Dedge, said he agreed with King that “exoneration carries with it some indication that someone had been affirmatively proved innocent by that term. ... Soft-spoken James Bain, who had no criminal record until his wrongful conviction and now lives with his mother in Tampa, came to the podium and introduced himself as: “the one who was convicted for 35 years. [more...]
Date: 2010-10-01 15:33:48
Report: Israeli scientists discover way to counterfeit DNA ...
New York Times reports Israeli firm created blood and saliva samples containing DNA from a third party. By Haaretz Service Israeli scientists have shown it is possible to fabricate DNA evidence, according to an article published in the New York Times on Tuesday.The findings could possibly call into question the credibility of DNA as evidence in criminal cases. In their tests, the scientists fabricated blood and saliva samples that contained DNA taking from a different person, the New York Times reported. The article states that the scientists also could take a DNA profile in a database and [more...]
Date: 2010-10-01 16:54:47
Westinghouse HDTV Review : Executioner's Current: Thomas Edison ...
This book starts out being about criminal William Kemmler and the first case in which the electric chair was used. However, as the story progresses, it becomes more and more a tale of Thomas Edison (America's prized inventor and advocate .... Although we are all sure that our stances on the death penalty are the right ones, our society acts as if it is not at all sure, and given the recent overturning of capital cases based on DNA testing, it is surely right to be unsure. [more...]
Date: 2010-10-12 04:28:27
Ohio University Forensic Chemistry Lab, DNA Analysis | Fresh ...
Undergraduate students in a Forensic Chemistry Lab perform a forensic DNA test to catch a criminal. The production of this [more...]
Date: 2010-07-26 06:21:56
Judge Orders DNA Test of 1-Inch Hair That Led to Texas Man's ...
Claude Howard Jones was executed a decade ago. But a DNA test is now going to be conducted to determine whether a 1-inch hair that was relied on to convict him of capital murder was actually his. A retired Texas appellate judge hearing a Dallas case seeking to prove that Jones was wrongfully convicted ruled Friday that the DNA test would be performed, despite opposition from the San Jacinto County District Attorney's office. which argued that a jury verdict should be final, reports the Associated Press. Jones, who was 60 when he was put to death by the state of Texas in 2000, was convicted of [more...]
Date: 2010-06-15 23:50:55
Tampa Criminal Lawyer Uses DNA Evidence to Help Exonerate Innocent ...
However, the use of DNA to secure convictions has been growing at a fast pace for many years. The people who are not benefiting from DNA testing are the people who may be wrongfully accused and convicted before DNA was routinely tested and are now being denied access to this important evidence that could one day set them free. Federal authorities have been collecting DNA samples from everyone detained or arrested since the passing of the 2005 DNA Fingerprint Act. NDIS – the FBI’s national DNA database gets more than one million DNA files per year and CODIS, an FBI indexing unit that [more...]
Date: 2009-09-16 00:29:10
Mike on Crime
The Supreme Court will hear arguments Wednesday on whether prison inmates may use a federal civil rights law to get DNA testing that was not performed before their conviction. Prosecutors in Skinner’s case have refused to make some evidence available for DNA testing, including knives from the scene and a jacket next to one of the bodies. The arguments come seven months after the Supreme Court spared Skinner just an hour before he was to go to the death chamber. Justices said then they wanted to postpone his execution until they decided whether to review his case. “The relief Mr. Skinner [more...]
Date: 2010-10-10 22:53:45
DNA Fingerprinting - DNA Paternity Testing
Bankruptcy Financial Divorce Other Areas Samples Employment Site Info Miscellaneous DNA FINGERPRINTING - Paternity Testing DNA Fingerprinting is also known as DNA profiling or Genetic Fingerprinting.WHAT IS DNA?DNA is a Deoxyribonucleic acid discovered in 1869 which contains the genetic instructions used in the development and functioning of all known living organisms, including some viruses.WHY IS DNA IMPORTANT?DNA profiling is currently been used for identifying criminals or victims and for paternity or maternity tests. Also, DNA fingerprinting is thought to be a sort of personal identifier [more...]
Date: 2010-01-25 08:00:00
Rape Kit Examination Leads to Solving Crimes - The Daily Beast
Like many victims, the courageous teen spent the next several hours in a hospital emergency room, where doctors examined her and prepared an evidence collection kit that they knew could supply a forensic link to the stranger who committed the devastating crime. The exams are intrusive and impersonal, too, yet survivors submit to them in hopes that the results will bring a perpetrator to justice. But there were no DNA databanks operative at that time, and no suspect against whom to compare the DNA left on the young woman's body. So her evidence kit was stored alongside thousands of others in [more...]
Date: 2010-09-29 02:42:17
Paternity fraud rampant in the United States causing ...
The rooster has come home to roost and the era of genetics and DNA paternity test, "the truth can not be denied." Of Student Loan Consolidation Attorney Criminal New York Claims [more...]
Date: 2010-10-09 07:33:36
Johnson: Give DNA Storage Plans A Chance
Shadow Home Secretary calls on coalition government for period of grace before binning potential evidence ... The Shadow Home Secretary has suggested that the DNA of those arrested should be held for the next six years to determine if there is a firm case for doing so. During a debate at the APA-ACPO conference, Alan Johnson told Policing and Justice Minister Nick Herbert that using stored DNA to check against evidence found at crime scenes is a valuable weapon in detecting crime. The new coalition government has pledged reform of the national DNA database amid concerns that samples of [more...]
Date: 2010-07-01 07:07:00
UC Davis News & Information :: Dog-fighting DNA database ...
This includes 400 original and initial samples of dog DNA supplied by the Humane Society of Missouri and collected from dogs that were seized in July 2009 during the nation’s largest dog-fighting raid. The database is similar to the FBI’s human CODIS, a computerized archive that stores DNA profiles from criminal offenders and crime scenes and is used in criminal and missing-person investigations. DNA analysis and matching through the canine database, available for a fee only to law enforcement agencies, will help to identify relationships between dogs. This will enable investigators to [more...]
Date: 2010-06-16 07:00:00
Report: Israeli scientists discover way to counterfeit DNA ...
Israeli scientists have shown it is possible to fabricate DNA evidence, according to an article published in the New York Times on Tuesday.The findings could possibly call into question the credibility of DNA as evidence in criminal cases. In their tests, the scientists fabricated blood and saliva samples that contained DNA taking from a different person, the New York Times reported. The article states that the scientists also could take a DNA profile in a database and use it to make a DNA sample to match the profile without needing any tissue from the person. The article quotes the lead [more...]
Date: 2010-10-01 05:00:00
Connecticut Law Tribune: Supreme Court: Criminal Law - Justices ...
This past year, the Court provided significant guidance to the criminal bar on the standards for proceedings on petitions for new trials and petitions for DNA testing, and the scope of evidentiary hearings for protective orders in [more...]
Date: 2010-09-19 20:41:27
DNA test favors Va. man convicted of rape - Maryland Daily Record
DNA tests conducted under Virginia’s one-of-a-kind post-conviction DNA testing program indicate that a man who served seven years in prison for a 1979 rape didn’t commit the crime, and he wants Virginia’s high court to declare him innocent. Calvin Wayne Cunningham would be the eighth man exonerated by decades-old biological evidence and the third since Virginia began its massive project to clear those who may have been wrongly convicted in the 1970s and 1980s from biological evidence saved before DNA testing was available. Cunningham, 57, was convicted in 1981 of raping the [more...]
Date: 2010-08-12 00:17:00
New Momentum for Criminal Justice Reform | The Defenders Online ...
The seriousness of the problem can be gleaned from the chief source of the heightened momentum for reform: the DNA testing which since 1989 has exonerated 258 men imprisoned after convictions for either rapes or murders, or both. More than 70 percent of those exonerated were convicted either solely or in large measure on the basis of their being mistakenly identified as the perpetrator by one or more eyewitness, according to The Innocence Project, the nonprofit legal clinic affiliated with Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law of Yeshiva University whose mission is to exonerate wrongfully [more...]
Date: 2010-10-08 19:12:22
Death row inmate seeks high court OK for DNA tests
Skinner, a former convicted car thief and parole violator, was trying to "game the system," Switzer said. Prosecutors have said there's no evidence to conclusively prove Skinner wasn't the killer and that ample evidence exists to show he is guilty. They also contend new DNA testing "would not affirmatively prove anything." "They're fixing to kill me for something I didn't do," Skinner, 48, said last December from a tiny visiting cage outside death row as his execution date neared. To head off the scheduled March execution, his legal team renewed its appeals seeking release of evidence for [more...]
Date: 2010-10-10 19:54:14
HOUSTON-HARRIS COUNTY NEEDS AN EMERGENCY DNA LAB
Equally significant is the possibility that the testing of the DNA samples could lead to the exoneration of yet another wrongfully convicted person. There have been a total of 255 DNA exonerations in this country with Texas leading the nation in wrongful convictions. It has about one-fifth of all the nation’s DNA exonerations. The proper testing of forensic evidence not only protects society from the guilty wrongdoer but ensures that innocent defendants are not wrongfully convicted. Effective evidence gathering and testing is the very foundation of our legal system—and the integrity of [more...]
Date: 2010-08-03 15:51:27
Molecular Photofitting: Predicting Ancestry and Phenotype Using ...
Molecular Photofitting: Predicting Ancestry and Phenotype Using DNA by Tony Nick Frudakis Publisher: Academic Press; 1 edition (September 21, 2007) | ISBN: 0120884925 | Pages: 712 | PDF | 14.13 MBIn the ~ of battle of forensics, there is a critical need for genetic tests that be able to function in a predictive or inferential sense, before suspects have been identified, and/or notwithstanding crimes for which DNA evidence exists but eye-witnesses do not. Molecular Photofi>tting fills this stand in want of by describing the process of generating a physical description of each individual from [more...]
Date: 2010-10-05 09:23:58
The Crime Report » Archive » U.S. Awards Nearly $65 Million To Cut ...
The Justice Department has awarded more than $64.8 million for the federal fiscal year that ended Oct. 1 to 115 state and local governments to help increase crime lab capacity and reduce turnaround time for examining DNA samples at laboratories across the nation. Assistant Attorney General Laurie Robinson said that between 2005 and 2008, demand for DNA testing services increased by more than 260 percent. Since 2004, the Justice Department’s National Institute of Justice has provided $330 million to reduce backlogs of DNA samples. NIJ defins a backlogged case as one not tested 30 days after [more...]
Date: 2010-10-12 12:01:31
Legislation Watch: Crimes Amendment (Forensic Procedures) Bill 2010
Elucubrator, 7 October 2010 12:54 PM I'm not sure of the purpose of this Bill: it smacks a little of grandstanding. Today is the last day that Parliament sits before the election is held on 24 November, when the Parliament is prorogued. At Bills before the House will then lapse, and must be re-introduced in the next session. That is — back to square one for the whole process. Perhaps the ALP is just testing the water? Dr Manhattan, 7 October 2010 1:55 PM Don't know, but I suspect you're right about the trial balloon. When introducing the Bill, Rob Hulls left open the door to either [more...]
Date: 2010-10-06 11:29:00
Panel packs perspectives on race
The presentation began by showing a clip from the documentary “The Human Family Tree – A Migratory History of the Human Race,” which is about the Genographic project by National Geographic. The five-year project gathered DNA from people all over the world and managed to trace the geographical origin of human genes back thousands of years to Africa. It was only about 60,000 years ago that humans began to migrate to other continents, only 2,000 generations, or a blink of the biological eye. Hutchinson picked up the topic of the biology of race from there. He talked about how the study of [more...]
Date: 2010-10-07 15:00:13
University researchers working to perfect micro DNA technology ...
University of Virginia researchers are working to develop “lab-on-a-chip,” which could drastically change such scenarios by shrinking technology that requires time, laboratories full of people and expensive equipment into a glass slide smaller than a credit card. Such technology has been promised for close to two decades, warns James Landers, a University of Virginia professor of chemistry and mechanical engineering and an associate professor of pathology. He is the lead researcher for the lab- on-a-chip project. While he is cautious about the “unknowns” yet to be dealt with, Landers [more...]
Date: 2008-11-14 05:01:00
OfficialWire: North American Biometrics Market - New Market Report ...
Unique technologies such as brain fingerprinting, DNA fingerprinting, and skin printing are poised to propel the market forward in the long term. Although the outlook for the market is bright, there are some impediments slowing its momentum. The economic slowdown had cast a shadow over the market, and the financial and consumer sectors felt its impact the most. In the government sector, projects were delayed; however, there were few cancellations. Government-backed projects typically have long sales cycles and can sometimes stretch over a year before completion, depending on the complexity [more...]
Date: 2010-10-12 04:00:00
The Meck Deck » Blog Archive » Yarmolenko Murder: Now What?
Add in the fact that the DNA evidence is slightly more compelling regarding Cassada than Carver and I think we can see where this was headed. But we’ll never know for certain. What we do know is that the DNA evidence is very weak — of the evidence taken from the cords around Yarmolenko neck and under her fingernails, none of it matched Cassada or Carver. This is a near impossibility. Some DNA evidence does suggest that Cassada and possibly Carver may have fiddled with Yarmolenko’s car. That’s it. Other holes abound. Yarmolenko was placed on the Catawba River on the mere SBI [more...]
Date: 2010-10-11 12:22:31
Say Anything » House Votes To Expand National DNA Database To ...
House Votes To Expand National DNA Database To Include People Arrested But Not Convicted The vote was 357 – 32, with all 32 no votes coming from Republicans. If approved by the Senate, and signed into law by the President, it would have the federal government paying states (with money it doesn’t have, naturally) to extract from every single arrestee a DNA sample whether the person arrested is ultimately convicted or not. Innocent? Doesn’t matter. In the database you go. Millions of Americans arrested for but not convicted of crimes will likely have their DNA forcibly extracted and added [more...]
Date: 2010-05-21 00:56:46
SBI Policy Favoring Prosecution Was in Writing | Raleigh Criminal ...
When a Raleigh newspaper reported this past summer that analysts in the crime lab of the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation routinely withheld test results favorable to the defendant, the scientific community and defense attorneys urged the state to make the crime lab independent of the state's law enforcement agency. Those efforts may be redoubled in light of recent revelations. This week, the newspaper reported that it was not only the practice for analysts to withhold possibly exculpatory evidence, it was also the policy. According to the audit conducted in August, the SBI had [more...]
Date: 2010-10-13 15:02:18
Hialeah Man Sentenced to 30 Year Prison Term - Miami Criminal ...
Despite the fact that the assailants broke into the wrong home, they decided to rob the elderly woman. During the robbery they tied up the woman and taped her mouth shut. Detectives were able to locate a fingerprint on a the piece of scotch tape located at the crime scene that matched the defendant's fingerprints. The third case against the defendant was a kidnapping charge that allegedly occurred when the defendant held a pawn shop owner hostage in his home for over 9 hours. The defendant and his accomplices beat the victim for hours in an effort to secure the pass codes to get into his [more...]
Date: 2010-09-15 17:51:45
Truth probing unethical
That is why many judges will both allow DNA fingerprinting to be admissible as evidence with its one-in-a-billion error and reject polygraph exam results. Even if a flawless test could be created, the use of a brain wave test on interrogation targets is also wrong and should not be done. In the Wired article, Rosenfeld wrote that he wants to see his technology applied to terrorist interrogation, saying a hypothetical terrorist suspect could either be sent to Egypt for the water board or be given a scientifically based test. Unfortunately, the use of brain wave technology to detect deception [more...]
Date: 2010-09-14 02:19:47
Center Against Rape and Domestic Violence: Law and Order: SVU ...
When a person reports a sexual assault, she - or he - will be asked to undergo a sexual assault evidence collection kit (a "rape kit") exam, a four- to six-hour process to collect DNA evidence from his or her body. Rape kit testing can identify an unknown assailant, confirm a suspect's contact with the victim, corroborate the victim's account of the assault, identify serial rapists by connecting crime scene evidence from separate incidents, and exonerate innocent suspects. Yet experts, including the Department of Justice and members of Congress, have estimated that hundreds of thousands of [more...]
Date: 2010-09-29 23:52:00
Student Perspectives: North Carolina to Take DNA from Arrestees
Law enforcement practitioners developed several novel techniques to take advantage of the opportunities provided by DNA profiling such as DNA Dragnets, Familial Searching, or Phenotype DNA profiling. Arguably, these practices cause privacy concerns; however these practices have also helped police solve serious crimes. The courts agree that the taking of DNA from a person, by either a buccal swab or blood sample, constitutes a search, and must be reasonable to be authorized under the Fourth Amendment. Furthermore, the Court determined in Skinner v. Railway Labor Executives’ [more...]
Date: 2010-08-05 13:22:45
The False Rape Society: DNA test catches stalker who made false ...
Anonymous said... There will be a time in Americas history where womens violence will no longer be enabled by misguided law enforcement. There will be a time when bold men of law and order will be able to overcome the "screaming hysteria siirens, and return America to a peacefull law abiding country. Until then the children of the matriarchal underclass will continue learning unrestrained violence from their single mothers. Oct 5, 2010 2:35:00 PM slwerner said... ”… Dr Falkowski and the police staged a fake wedding. They caught Maria Marchese…” ”…the DNA test couldn't be tricked [more...]
Date: 2010-10-05 04:00:00