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Forensic Evidence

Presidential Commission Criticizes Some Forensic Methods

Christopher Zoukis | Posted 10.03.2016 | Crime
Christopher Zoukis

If you were to judge only by what's shown on detective-procedural television shows like CSI, you might think forensic investigations and crime lab results are virtually infallible. But from time to time, a government study comes along to point out how that's frequently far from the complete truth.

Did a Dingo Really Get Her Baby?

Garry Rodgers | Posted 03.15.2016 | Crime
Garry Rodgers

Lindy Chamberlain was charged with Azaria's first-degree murder and convicted of her daughter's slaying. After thirty-two years, eight legal proceedings, and tens of millions spent in the investigation, Lindy was finally exonerated by a coroner's inquest.

The Cell Phone Evidence in Adnan Syed's Case Illustrates a Depressingly Common Problem

Kevin Sali | Posted 02.12.2017 | Crime
Kevin Sali

I guess on balance it's a good thing that we're finally reassessing these types of evidence, but ideally the caution and humility we're now seeing would come a lot earlier in the process -- perhaps even before the expert takes the stand in a serious criminal case.

The "Baby Doe" Investigation Showcases Forensic Science at Its Purest

Kevin Sali | Posted 07.13.2016 | Crime
Kevin Sali

The story of "Baby Doe"--the little girl whose body was found along a Boston shoreline in June--has captured the nation's attention. So far, we know virtually nothing about what happened. We don't know who she was, what happened to her, or who was responsible.

On the Trail of the Somerton Man

Derek Abbott | Posted 06.05.2016 | Science
Derek Abbott

Was he poisoned or did he die accidentally? Why were the labels removed from his clothes? Was he a secret agent or a jilted lover? Intriguingly, a slip of paper was found in one of his pockets with the printed words "Tamám Shud," meaning "ended" or "finished" in Persian.

An "Elite" Forensic Unit Falls From Grace

Kevin Sali | Posted 05.28.2016 | Crime
Kevin Sali

With the spate of recent high-profile events in which officers' accounts have been shown to be demonstrably at odds with other reliable evidence, citizens may be starting to reconsider the wisdom of reflexively deferring to the police. Could the same trend develop with forensic analysts?

How Junk Science Sent Claude Garrett to Prison For Life

The Intercept | Posted 02.24.2015 | Crime

JUST BEFORE DAWN, on the unseasonably warm morning of February 24, 1992, a small house caught fire in Old Hickory, Tennessee, a few miles northeast of...

Forensic Science Is Not CSI, in Ferguson or Anywhere Else

William Lynch III | Posted 02.18.2015 | Crime
William Lynch III

None of this is to say that we need to toss all the evidence out and start at square one. Nor am I saying that the evidence supporting Wilson's account is totally false. My point is that everyone must realize that forensic science is not absolute like on television.

DNA Evidence Not Very Helpful In THIS Rape Case

The Huffington Post | Macrina Cooper-White | Posted 08.23.2013 | Science

DNA evidence normally points to one suspect in a crime -- but what happens when two people share that same DNA? That's the case with identical twin...

How Can Scientists Solve Case With 50-Year-Old DNA?

LiveScience | Rachael Rettner | Posted 07.12.2013 | Science

The news that 50-year-old DNA provided a break in the Boston Strangler murder case may have you wondering: just how long does DNA last? Yesterday, in...

The George Zimmerman Game Show/Sports Spectacular Is Underway

Morris W. O'Kelly | Posted 08.12.2013 | Black Voices
Morris W. O'Kelly

Either Zimmerman killed Trayvon Martin in cold blood or he didn't. I'm here to tell you, Trayvon Martin smoking marijuana and/or having been suspended from school is not in any way connected to why George Zimmerman killed him.

DNA Forensic Error and the Execution of Innocents

Dov Fox | Posted 07.04.2013 | Crime
Dov Fox

Willie Manning is scheduled to die by lethal injection on Tuesday for the 1992 kidnapping and murder of two white college students. No physical evidence has ever linked Manning to the crime. And the Justice Department has just come clean that the FBI's forensic analysis implicating Manning was invalid.

Forensic Confirmation Bias: When the Evidence Doesn't Speak for Itself

Jeff Kukucka | Posted 06.29.2013 | Science
Jeff Kukucka

Latent fingerprint analysis is one of the more well-established domains of forensic science, yet these human examiners are vulnerable to the same confirmation biases that plague us all. It logically follows that other, less 'scientific' domains of forensic science that involve visual comparisons could be similarly hampered.

Boston: A Preview of Crime in the Google Glass Era

Michael Ham | Posted 06.19.2013 | Technology
Michael Ham

As technologies like Google Glass are adopted by the general public, the amount of eyewitness accounts will surge and likely include complete coverage from the time the person drops off a device, to the time it goes off. I

Mathematics in Forensic Science

Leila Schneps | Posted 05.25.2013 | Science
Leila Schneps

Where once a Sherlock Holmes would have had to be content with a magnifying glass, or a jury with gut instinct and rational discussion, now a range of methods from probability and statistics are available to help.

How a Computer Forensic Examiner Would Investigate the Manti Te'o Case

Jonathan Rajewski | Posted 03.26.2013 | Technology
Jonathan Rajewski

I want to share with you how a computer and digital forensic examiner would confirm / dispute Te'o's story. Hiring a competent computer and digital forensic examiner could help uncover unknown evidence which could be used to confirm/dispute an alleged victim's statement.

Justice Department Should 'Step Up' on Flawed Forensic Evidence

Ginny Sloan | Posted 07.18.2012 | Politics
Ginny Sloan

If the DOJ thinks there may be problems with hair evidence in District of Columbia cases, why should we believe there are not similar problems with hair evidence compiled by the FBI lab and used to obtain convictions in other jurisdictions?

Hundreds Of Convicted Defendants Left Uninformed About Forensic Flaws

The Washington Post | Spencer S. Hsu | Posted 04.16.2012 | Crime

Justice Department officials have known for years that flawed forensic work might have led to the convictions of potentially innocent people, but pros...

Amityville Horror's Shattered: Director Ryan Katzenbach Hopes-Part 2 (PHOTOS)

Alexandra Holzer | Posted 03.05.2012 | Entertainment
Alexandra Holzer

"Shattered Hopes depicts the goings-on inside the Amityville, and specifically DeFeo family story, like no film before it," says Katzenbach.

Amityville Horror's Shattered: Director Ryan Katzenbach 'Hopes'-Part 1 (PHOTOS)

Alexandra Holzer | Posted 03.04.2012 | Entertainment
Alexandra Holzer

It's time to revisit America's most infamous "haunted" house and the crime that inspired The Amityville Horror.

BTK Trial Crime Quiz: Got What It Takes To Be A Detective?

Posted 01.09.2012 | Crime

Serial killer Dennis Rader, known as the BTK Killer, killed 10 people between 1974 and 1991, terrorizing residents of Wichita, Kan. During his killing...

OJ Simpson Trial Quiz: "If [Blank] Doesn't Fit, You Must Acquit..."

Posted 01.10.2012 | Crime

In his glory days, O.J. Simpson was a record-setting superstar, the first NFL player ever to rush 2000 yards in a season. But on June 17, 1994, the...

Casey Anthony Trial Crime Quiz: Got What It Takes To Be A Detective?

Posted 01.09.2012 | Crime

In one of the most closely-watched trials in years, a jury found Casey Anthony not guilty in the death of her 2-year-old daughter Caylee. The saga beg...

Amanda Knox Trial Crime Quiz: Test Your Detective Skills

Steven Hoffer | Posted 01.09.2012 | Crime

Amanda Knox was a 20-year-old college student from Seattle studying abroad in Italy when she was accused and convicted of killing her roommate Meredit...

Her Latest Novel Proves Jodi Picoult Rules!

Jackie K. Cooper | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Jackie K. Cooper

Jodi Picoult isn't a writer who deals in the ordinary. In her latest novel House Rules, she sets her sights on Asperger's Disease and creates a character who suffers from this disability.