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  • UK Scientists make revolutionary forensic science breakthrough

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      UK Scientist   Originally published in The Northern Echo A team of North-East scientists have made a breakthrough which is expected to revolutionize forensic science. Researchers at Teesside University have developed a way of detecting minute blood stains which would not be seen using current technology. They have also found a way of checking the age of blood stains - something which is regarded as a holy grail of forensic science. The failure to locate traces of blood during...
  • Challenging Bite Mark Evidence

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    By Don Penven Bite Mark Evidence Gerard Richardson, 48, is now free on bail after having served nearly 20 years for a murder committed by a different man. Richardson was convicted in 1995 of the murder of 19-year-old Monica Reyes, whose body was found in a ditch in Bernards Township, NJ. The primary physical evidence included a bite mark on the victim's back that a prosecution expert said was made by Richardson. The prosecution expert testified that Richardson also allegedly had threatened...
  • Forensics Under a Microscope

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    When Bonnie Horinek died in 1995, her parents refused to believe what the evidence strongly suggested—that Bonnie shot herself. By: Beth Schwartzapfel, a Brooklyn freelance journalist with an interest in criminal justice issues. Warren Horinek did not murder his wife. That’s what he said, that’s what the medical examiner said, that’s what the homicide sergeant said. Even the district attorney’s office in the Horineks’ hometown of Ft. Worth, Texas, agreed that he was innocent—not...
  • Virus and Malware Bites and How to Stop Them

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    Only the foolhardy runs a computer devoid of any sort of anti-virus protection these days. But even if you employ the latest, greatest and most expensive anti-virus software, your program has a major weak point... By: Don Penven Only the foolhardy runs a computer devoid of any sort of anti-virus protection these days. But even if you employ the latest, greatest and most expensive anti-virus software, your program has a major weak point—if a new virus pops forth from the depths of the...
  • How to Gain Credibility in the Courtroom

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    Many of the digital investigator’s tools are quite simple to use and often require only a couple clicks to generate a detailed report. Regardless of the potential impact “expert” testimony may provide in the courtroom, the digital expert must gain a measure of credibility for that evidence to have a degree of validity. To gain credibility the investigator stresses two vital points: 1. Cross-validation of the tools he used. Arriving at a conclusion must not be based on reliance of a...
  • Old Arson Cases in Texas Being Reviewed by New Panel

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    From: Associated Press Stories A review by the State Fire Marshal’s Office covering old old arson cases that might have relied on bad science has so far discovered several questionable convictions. But the effort has also drawn criticism from a West Texas prosecutor whose office has had one of its convictions questioned. The prosecutor is now asking the office of Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott to stop the reviews. The Austin American-Statesman reported the review of old arson cases...
  • Basics of DNA for the Crime Scene

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    This presentation was prepared as a series of PowerPoint Slides and was delivered as a webinar to Email subscribers. Watch the presentation here. Sign Up For the Latest News from Sirchie & the Forensics Industry
  • Heroin Overdosing Becoming a Widespread Problem

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    The number of heroin deaths in Baton Rouge is up three times over last year. Officials say that a higher grade of product with a lower price tag is why. It is not just in the Capital City; the problem is soaring in places like Assumption Parish. Posted by Don Penven BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - As the number of heroin deaths in East Baton Rouge and surrounding areas grow, law enforcement officials are trying to get a handle on the issue. Heroin related deaths have nearly tripled since 2012 East...
  • Hacking at an ATM Near You

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    As useful as they may be, ATMs are never-the-less vulnerable to both physical and cyber attacks. Edited by: Don Penven From Wire Services ATMs are plentiful these days. They first appeared at banks, some mounted on an outside wall near the front entrance and some were given a separate drive-through lane. Now you’ll find ATMs in grocery and department stores, convenience stores, airports and restaurants. Where people are likely to need cash, an ATM will be nearby. And maybe it’s the...
  • The Real World of Forensic Scientists (Without Hollywood Hype)

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    Television and film have shown us great, albeit far-fetched – and many times ridiculous! – variations on the forensic scientist and detective, over the years. Lee Lofland--The Graveyard Shift  David Caruso, fiery orange hair ablaze against the blue-tinged Miami background, slowly takes off his sleek titanium Maui Jim sunglasses, his stone-cold, magisterial face reminiscent of a life lived with almost too much manliness, his SUV parked behind him, exploding (for no apparent reason at all)...
  • Social Network Analysis

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    A Systematic Approach for Investigating By Jennifer A. Johnson, Ph.D., John David Reitzel, Ph.D., Bryan F. Norwood, David M. McCoy, D. Brian Cummings, and Renee R. Tate Social network analysis (SNA) is often confused with social networking sites, such as Facebook, when in fact, SNA is an analytical tool that can be used to map and measure social relations. Through quantitative metrics and robust visual displays, police can use SNA to discover, analyze, and visualize the social networks of...
  • Street Survival: Defensive Tactics Technique - Mount Escapes

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    Watch, listen and learn as defensive tactics instructor Richard Nance describes and demonstrates an effective method for escaping in a ground fighting situation where you've been mounted. Watch Video from Officer.com             Officer Survival: Be Careful Out There Sign Up For the Latest News from Sirchie & the Forensics Industry  
  • Underwater CSI & High Profile Cases

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    Video Series on Under Water Crime Scenes produced by the American Academy of Forensic Sciences. Video Series produced by the American Academy of Forensic Sciences.   To Access Parts 2-7 Click HERE Basic Crime Scene Investigation Stages Sign Up For the Latest News from Sirchie & the Forensics Industry  
  • Introducing: The American Academy of Forensic Sciences

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    The American Academy of Forensic Sciences is a multi-disciplinary professional organization that provides leadership to advance science and its application to the legal system. The American Academy of Forensic Sciences is a multi-disciplinary professional organization that provides leadership to advance science and its application to the legal system. The objectives of the Academy are to promote professionalism, integrity, competency, education, foster research, improve practice, and encourage...
  • Bioscience professor presents portable, speedy DNA identification system

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    New DNA technology promises to match the forensics often depicted on TV cop shows. The University of Arizona unveiled a desktop printer-sized box described as a,portable DNA Analyzer. Bioscience professor presents portable, speedy DNA identification system at Science Center From Local and National News Services Edited By: Don Penven Photo courtesy of Frederic Zenhausern. Dr. Frederic Zenhausern has created a portable DNA analyzer that processes results in a matter of hours.  New DNA...