While some policymakers may be tempted to treat DNA forensic capabilities as a panacea for criminal investigations, the evolution of DNA forensics may also represent a Pandora's box of ethical, privacy, legal and financial concerns that require deep consideration.
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?
I discovered this very little-known but fascinating murder case that few people outside law-enforcement circles have heard of. It involves the death of two children in the small, seaside Argentine town of Necochea in 1892. As I continued my research into the state of forensics in Argentina and the rest of the world at the time, I came across some very fascinating facts.
Patricia Cornwell is the internationally bestselling and award-winning author of 33 books, the most famous and widely read being the 22 novels of the "Kay Scarpetta" series.
Last month, new discoveries about the identity of Jack the Ripper hit the news and, as expected, debate took over about the validity of the claim, specifically the items and processes involved.
As a service to the deceased person's families -- often on both sides of the border, some with United States citizenship and some not -- the work is a remarkable study in simple decency and human compassion.
If walking into high school somebody told me that I would willingly join a competitive public speaking team, loving it so much that I would eventually become President, I would reply that the chances of that happening are lower than those of Miley Cyrus becoming President.
Human rights defenders began to gather names and details of massacres before there was any chance of prosecuting Guatemala's leaders and security forces for atrocities.
As new software continue to emerge, there will be hurdles to creating exact replications of the necessary underlying data for production in court. Creating tools to extract unique file types and tools to view those files in a readable format will become the weapons in the e-discovery vendor's arsenal.
The truth has become buried in a quagmire of junk science and as a result, the underlying principles of this country, truth, justice and liberty for all, have been lost. Much more than John F. Kennedy died in November 1963; in many ways our nation died with him.
It is one thing to talk about how our minds can fool us. An adult remembers going to Disneyland as a child for a picture with Bugs Bunny? No problem. It is different when you see how our minds can fail us.
A great education, combined with professional certificates and hands-on experience, will help to create the well-rounded professionals that the digital forensics and cyber security industries need to shape and protect our increasingly mobile world.
As a physician, forensic psychiatrist and novelist, it would be easy for me to write about medicine, psychiatry and courtrooms -- all of which have been, or are still, part of my life and experiences.
We all live with the knowledge of an inevitable death -- those of us who near middle age have likely witnessed and experienced that knowledge. And yet, when it comes, it still greets most of us with surprise.
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Fans want to know when athletes have engaged in illegal activity to gain a competitive edge. When digital forensics is applied, it offers the hope of restoring some of the fairness and wholesomeness that have been lost in professional sports.