New York City detectives questioning a boy facing a felony charge last year offered him a McDonald’s soda. When the boy left, they took the straw and tested it for his DNA. Although it did not match evidence found at a crime scene, his DNA was entered into the city’s genetic database. To have it […]
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Larry Swearingen is scheduled to be executed Wednesday by the State of Texas. It was 19 years ago that Swearingen was convicted of the abduction, rape and murder of Melissa Trotter. This is the sixth time that Swearingen had a date with death in the Texas prison system. But lingering questions about his guilt have […]
David Camm lost 13 years of his life to eight drops of blood. In 2000, the Indiana state trooper was charged with murder after finding his wife and two children shot to death in their home. During the three trials that followed, the prosecution brought in bloodstain experts who argued that the flecks of blood on the […]
BB&T will be two full days incorporating a mock jury trial! All FACDL seminars, apart from Booster Shot-Criminal Law Certification Review seminar, are intended to: promote the excellence of, disseminate knowledge to, and provide education to, the criminal defense community. In that regard, attendance at all seminars (apart from the certification review seminar) is limited […]
Courtesy of Godoy Medical Forensics Did you Know? Anxiety disorders develop from risk factors such as genetics, brain chemistry life events and personality. Anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in the United States. Approximately 40 million adults age 18 and older, are affected each year. This equates to about 18.1% of the United […]
August 28, 2019, 1:00 p.m. Eastern, (60 minutes) Webinar Faculty: Tom Slovenski About the Webinar: At the end of this one (1) hour training, the Public Defender will know the importance of cell tower evidence and how to utilize the data to better defend their clients. Read more and register.
NACDL & NCDD’s 23rd Annual “DWI Means Defend With Ingenuity®” Seminar, “Solving the Mystery of DUI Acquittals” will be held on September 18-21, 2019 at the Planet Hollywood Hotel, Las Vegas, NV. If you are serious about being an effective DUI defense advocate, or if you’re considering adding DUI defenses to your firm’s portfolio, you need to know the […]
THEY CALL IT the Silent Talker. It is a virtual policeman designed to strengthen Europe’s borders, subjecting travelers to a lie detector test before they are allowed to pass through customs. Prior to your arrival at the airport, using your own computer, you log on to a website, upload an image of your passport, and are […]
After more than a year of testing Amazon’s high-tech facial recognition software, the city of Orlando announced Thursday it will not continue the program, citing a lack of resources needed to continue testing, a memo sent to city council members Thursday shows. The letter, sent from Orlando’s Chief Administrative Officer Kevin Edmonds, police Chief Orlando […]
It started as a way to trace family history. It evolved into a tool to help solve decades-old cold cases. Now, for apparently the first time, a genealogy database is expected to lead to charges being dropped against an Idaho man convicted in a decades-old rape and murder case. There is “clear and convincing evidence” that Christopher Tapp, who […]
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