As washing machines go, the one that contributed to Roy Verret’s capital murder charge was pretty average. White, Whirlpool, reliable. When detectives investigating a murder in Jeanerette, Louisiana, swabbed a dark spot on the lid in January 2017, he thought they were wasting their time. I wasn’t stressing,” Verret said in an interview. “I knew […]
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Police in Detroit were trying to figure out who stole five watches from a Shinola retail store. Authorities say the thief took off with an estimated $3,800 worth of merchandise. Investigators pulled a security video that had recorded the incident. Detectives zoomed in on the grainy footage and ran the person who appeared to be […]
Sexual violence involving a child is a particularly grievous issue, impacting the health and well-being of the victim. Having a compassionate, multidisciplinary, child-centered response to sexual assault can be a critical first step to promote the safety and healing for the child. The medical forensic examination is an integral piece of that coordinated response and […]
The Winter Park Police Department, one of just a few agencies in Central Florida that didn’t use body-worn cameras, quietly ordered six officers to begin wearing them last week, just 12 days after the death of George Floyd intensified national scrutiny on police practices. Chief Michael Deal said the death of the Minneapolis man in […]
IBM is getting out of the facial recognition business, saying it’s concerned about how the technology can be used for mass surveillance and racial profiling. Ongoing protests responding to the death of George Floyd have sparked a broader reckoning over racial injustice and a closer look at the use of police technology to track demonstrators […]
Zachary Miller was napping in the car as he rode west through the Florida Panhandle, back to Texas and his cannabis business. He was coming from a wellness expo in Miami where he had shown off waxes, oils and cigars made from hemp, a relative of marijuana. He awoke when his associate, driving the car, […]
The Trump administration has revived the debate over “end-to-end encryption” — systems so secure that the tech companies themselves aren’t able to read the messages, even when police present them with a warrant. “It is hard to overstate how perilous this is,” U.S. Attorney General William Barr said in a speech last fall. “By enabling […]
Attorneys with the Orlando-based law firm Morgan & Morgan joined Orange-Osceola State Attorney Aramis Ayala and Public Defender Robert Wesley Thursday to launch a nonprofit fund that would give bail money to low-income people who can’t afford to bond out of jail. Outside the Orange County Courthouse Thursday, Matt Morgan said his family will match […]
Thirty years after the high-profile murders of four teenage girls at a North Austin yogurt shop, the case’s long-awaited closure could hinge on a single strand of DNA. That DNA, and samples like it, have fueled a growing national debate pitting scientific advancement against personal privacy concerns. That’s all we’ve ever done is ask for […]
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