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DNA Database Hacked

Genealogy databases have become popular tools for law enforcement.…

A DNA Mix-Up Involving a Washing Machine Kept a Man in Jail for 3 Years

As washing machines go, the one that contributed to Roy Verret’s…
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Winter Park Police Start Using Body Cameras for 1st Time

The Winter Park Police Department, one of just a few agencies…

IBM Quits Facial Recognition, Joins Call for Police Reforms

IBM is getting out of the facial recognition business, saying…

In Florida, A Haze Builds Around Pot Law Enforcement as Technology Catches Up to Policy

Zachary Miller was napping in the car as he rode west through…

Trump Administration Targets Your ‘Warrant-Proof’ Encrypted Messages

The Trump administration has revived the debate over "end-to-end…

Morgan & Morgan Firm Joins State Attorney, Public Defender to Launch Community Bail Fund

Attorneys with the Orlando-based law firm Morgan &…

Yogurt Shop Controversy: Privacy vs. Science

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Cognitive Biases in the Peer Review of Bullet and Cartridge Case Comparison Casework: A Field Study

Abstract Objective Forensic judgments and their peer review…

An ER Doctor Was Charged with Abusing His Baby. But 15 Medical Experts Say There’s No Proof.

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How the Police Use Facial Recognition, and Where It Falls Short

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Facial Recognition Programs Lead to Arrest

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13 States Have Never Exonerated a Prisoner Based on DNA Evidence. Here’s Why.

Hundreds of state prisoners have successfully used DNA evidence…

Bad Medicine: Critics Say Powerful Pediatrician Too Quick to Diagnose Child Abuse, Traumatizing Families

Elina went into labor on a scorching day in July. It would…

Why Are Cops Around the World Using This Outlandish Mind-Reading Tool?

The creator of Scientific Content Analysis, or SCAN, says the…

A DNA Firm That Caters to Police Just Bought a Genealogy Site

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Fingerprint Analysis is High-Stakes Work—But It Doesn’t Take Much to Qualify as an Expert

BRENDAN MAX AND two of his colleagues in the Cook County, Illinois,…

Police Can Keep Ring Camera Video Forever and Share with Whomever They’d Like, Amazon Tells Senator

Police officers who download videos captured by homeowners’…

Making Sense of Science XIII – April 2-4, 2020

Big Names. Big Science; a Big-Time CLE Experience! Don't…

A Brutal Murder, a Wearable Witness, and an Unlikely Suspect

As Tony Aiello entered his nineties, he had false teeth, an artificial…

Eighteenth Annual PD Clothing Drive – December 7, 2019

Please remember the 18th Annual Public Defender Clothing Drive…

Lunch and Learn: Defending DUIs with Pre-Trial Motion Practice – Orlando, November 13 at 12:00 PM

Join us for a lunch and learn event featuring Florida Association…

PD9 and GCD Host Capital Defense Conference in Orlando: Telling the Client’s Story

The Georgia Capital Defenders had scheduled a great October CLE…

Burned by ‘Bad Science’ A Doctor’s Questionable Opinion Can Help Send Caregivers to Prison

A prosecutor projected a grisly photo onto a screen for the jury.…

Man Sentenced to 15 Years in Prison for Cocaine Before Test Showed Real Identity of White Substance

A homeless man arrested in Oklahoma City was sentenced to 15…

NACDL Winter Meeting: From Tech to Touch: Challenging and Suppressing Evidence Before Trial

Today’s criminal defense bar is facing ever-increasing challenges…

Event: From Lab to Market: A New Tool for Identifying Controlled Substances – Orlando, October 17

Methods for screening suspected controlled substances include…

FREE Webinar: Medical Evaluation of Child Sexual Abuse: Why Can’t We Be More Like CSI?

A child abuse pediatrician will present an overview of the medical…

PD9 Hosts Its Annual Law Camp with the Boys and Girls Club

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Behind the Rise of China’s Facial-Recognition Giants

Unfamiliar faces aren’t welcome at Beijing public housing projects.…
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Lubricants and Glitter: Revolutionizing Sexual Assault Investigations – October 23 at 6 PM

Sexual assaults are an unfortunate reality in modern society.…

N.Y.P.D. Detectives Gave a Boy, 12, a Soda. He Landed in a DNA Database

New York City detectives questioning a boy facing a felony…

The Role of Scientific Forensic Evidence Questioned in Pending Texas Execution

Larry Swearingen is scheduled to be executed Wednesday by the…

There Will Be Blood, and Physics, Too: The Messy Science of Bloodstain Pattern Analysis

David Camm lost 13 years of his life to eight drops of blood. In…

Blood, Breath, and Tears 2019

BB&T will be two full days incorporating a mock jury trial! All…

Cell Tower Evidence & The Public Defender

August 28, 2019, 1:00 p.m. Eastern, (60 minutes) Webinar…

2019 DWI Means Defend With Ingenuity Seminar: Solving the Mystery of DUI Acquittals

NACDL & NCDD's 23rd Annual "DWI Means Defend With Ingenuity®" Seminar, "Solving…

We Tested Europe’s New Lie Detector for Travelers — And Immediately Triggered a False Positive

THEY CALL IT the Silent Talker. It is a virtual policeman designed…

Orlando Says It Won’t Continue Testing Amazon’s Controversial Face-Scanning Technology Rekognition

After more than a year of testing Amazon’s high-tech…

In an Apparent First, Genetic Genealogy Aids a Wrongful Conviction Case

It started as a way to trace family history. It evolved into…

Registration Open: “We the Defenders” Seattle

These conferences will feature nationally recognized faculty…

ICE, FBI Among Federal Agencies Searching Florida Driver’s Licenses for Facial Recognition, Records Show

Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the FBI are among…

Attorney: DNA That Solved Infamous ‘Rideshare Rapist’ Case Illegally Obtained by SF Cops

San Francisco police officials gathered a room of reporters…

Major Police Body Camera Manufacturer Rejects Facial Recognition Software

The largest manufacturer of police body cameras is rejecting…

Florida Woman Faced 10 Years for ‘Meth’ That Was ‘Just a Rock’

A scandal of falsified drug arrests is spreading at a Florida…

Aggression Detectors: The Unproven, Invasive Surveillance Technology Schools Are Using to Monitor Students

Ariella Russcol specializes in drama at the Frank Sinatra School…

Watchdog Says FBI Has Access to About 640M Photographs

A government watchdog says the FBI has access to about 640 million…

The Genealogy Site That Helped Catch the Golden State Killer is Grappling with Privacy

Since April 2018, when police announced they had apprehended…

Why Does Alexa Save Transcripts of User Conversations? This Senator Asked Amazon

A Democratic senator sent a letter to Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos…

Voice-Print Technology Monitors Inmates’ Calls in Florida

A sophisticated voice-identity technology that monitors inmates…

San Francisco Just Banned Facial-Recognition Technology

San Francisco, long one of the most tech-friendly and tech-savvy…

Dirty Data, Bad Predictions: How Civil Rights Violations Impact Police Data, Predictive Policing Systems, and Justice

Law enforcement agencies are increasingly using predictive policing…

Tracking Phones, Google Is a Dragnet for the Police

The tech giant records people’s locations worldwide. Now, investigators…

Florida Woman Faced 10 Years for ‘Meth’ That Was ‘Just a Rock’

Melissa Morales was riding her bicycle near the Flamingo Diner…

The Myth of Fingerprints

At 9:00 a.m. last December 14, a man in Orange County, California,…

A New Method of DNA Testing Could Solve More Shootings

POLICE FOUND 19 spent shell casings scattered in the San Diego…

One Twin Committed the Crime — But Which One? A New DNA Test Can Finger the Culprit

One night in November 1999, a 26-year-old woman was raped in…

Orlando Police Seek Money for Rapid DNA System to Solve Crimes, but Some Fear ‘Guilty by Machine’

The Orlando Police Department is seeking state funding to buy a…

FBI Scientist’s Statements Linked Defendants to Crimes, Even When His Lab Results Didn’t

Court records and FBI Lab files show statements by prosecutors…

Webinar: DNA Dystopia

March 5, 2019 @ 2:00 p.m. Eastern, 60 minutes This session…

Dozens of Cities Have Secretly Experimented with Predictive Policing Software

The use of PredPol—a predictive policing software that once…

Prisons Across the U.S. Are Quietly Building Databases of Incarcerated People’s Voice Prints

ROUGHLY SIX MONTHS ago at New York’s Sing Sing prison, John…

Spring Training – March 4-8

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Could Fingerprint Scanners Replace Check-In Lines at Airports, Baseball Games and Hospitals?

When Apple introduced an electronic fingerprint scanner to…

Florida Man Spent 41 days in Jail for Heroin. But It Was Actually Detergent, Cops Say

For nearly six full weeks, 29-year-old Matt Crull said he sat…

Secondary Transfer of Organic Gunshot Residue After Handshakes, Arrests

Secondary transfer is a bugaboo in forensic science. As instrumentation…

Amazon Facial-Identification Software Used by Police Falls Short on Tests for Accuracy and Bias, New Research Finds

Facial-recognition software developed by Amazon and marketed…

Sheriff: State Privacy Laws ‘Have Not Kept Pace’ with Technology

With new technology like smart devices and facial recognition,…

Florida Court: Prosecutors Had No Obligation to Turn Over Facial Recognition Evidence

A Jacksonville man argued he had a right to see photos of other…

Death is Different XXV

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The FBI Says Its Photo Analysis Is Scientific Evidence. Scientists Disagree.

The bureau’s image unit has linked defendants to crime photographs…

Watch a Florida Cop Botch a Drug Field Test on Video, Then Arrest an Innocent Man

Body camera footage obtained by Reason appears to show…

Your Vehicle Black Box: A ‘Witness’ Against You in Court

Odds are your vehicle is equipped with an Event Data Recorder,…

DNA Basics

Last week, the National Association for Public Defense (NAPD)…

Cato Institute 2018 Surveillance Conference

The legendary spymaster James Jesus Angleton called the world…

Jailing the Wrong Man: Mug Shot Searches Persist in New York, Despite Serious Risks

Many big police departments will not use open-ended mug shot…

FREE Webinar: Probabilistic Genotyping

DNA labs are increasingly turning to sophisticated computer programs…

She Was Jailed for Drunk Driving. Instead She Had Had a Stroke, Didn’t Get Help for Days

A woman accused of drunken driving and jailed had really…

High-Tech Cameras That Recognize People Are Coming to Broward Schools

The next time you step onto a Broward County school campus, the…

FREE Webinar: The Transfer Defense

 Law enforcement are using increasingly smaller DNA samples…

Hillsborough Robbery Case Raises Cell Phone Privacy Questions

The case of a man suspected of burglary in Hillsborough County…

State Attorney’s Office Reviewing 1975 Murder Case Recently Featured in Times Series

The state attorney’s office that prosecuted Tommy Zeigler for…

FREE Webinar: DNA Basics

DNA no longer means do not acquit. This presentation will help…

It Shouldn’t Be Routine for Cops to Consult with Medical Examiners

This week, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit released…

Bloodstain Analysis Convinced a Jury She Stabbed Her 10-Year-Old Son. Now, Even Freedom Can’t Give Her Back Her Life.

Julie Rea was convicted of killing her son largely on the testimony…

Jeff Brandes Files Cell Phone Privacy Bill

State Sen. Jeff Brandes has again filed a bill that would protect…

New Scientific Paper: The Uncertain Future of Forensic Science

Abstract Forensic science is at a crossroads. In the last…

Presumptive Drug Test Training

UCF doctoral students Emily Lennert and Jessica Sprague, along…

We Broke Into a Bunch of Android Phones With a 3D-Printed Head

Facial recognition is cropping up everywhere. From shopping…

She Swiped Her Co-Worker’s Coke Can. Police Say It Cracked a 28-Year-Old Murder Case

The police were again circling the Franz Bakery Outlet…

Orlando Public Defender’s Office Hosts 17th Annual PD Clothing Drive

A very big thank you to all who volunteered and donated on Saturday…

Doctors Defending Convicted Child Abuser “Exceed the Limits of Credulity,” Judge Rules

A Florida state court judge rejected a new trial for a man convicted…

FBI Admits Vastly Inflating Number of Unsearchable Mobile Devices

For seven months, FBI Director Christopher A. Wray argued that…

17th Annual PD Clothing Drive – Saturday, December 15 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Getting ready for the Holidays? Please remember the 17th…

Evaluating the Use of Automated Facial Recognition Technology in Major Policing Operations

Academics at Cardiff University have conducted the first independent…

Blood and Truth: The Lingering Case of Tommy Zeigler and How Florida Fights DNA Testing

On the Row, angry men sometimes screamed at him, said he…

Police Mistook Her Cotton Candy for Meth and Sent Her to Jail. Now She’s Suing.

When Monroe County sheriff’s deputies asked Dasha Fincher…

The Dangerous Junk Science of Vocal Risk Assessment

IS IT POSSIBLE to tell whether someone is a criminal just from…

Rejected Forensics Case Makes Strange High Court Bedfellows

Justices Neil Gorsuch and Sonia Sotomayor teamed up for a dissent…

Police Think Alexa May Have Witnessed a New Hampshire Double Homicide. Now They Want Amazon to Turn Her Over.

Alexa may have been listening, as she almost always is,…

2019 Making Sense of Science Seminar – April 5-6, 2019

NACDL's 12th Annual Forensic Science & the Law Seminar,…

NACDL Midwinter Meeting & Seminar: “Preventing Wrongful Convictions” – February 13-16, 2019

NACDL's 2019 Midwinter Meeting & Seminar,"Preventing Wrongful…

Civil Libertarians Concerned About Undisclosed FBI Research into Tattoo Recognition Technology

Yet another example of how the judicial and legislative branches…

2018 NACDL Conference: Combatting the Surveillance State

This FREE Training event, co-sponsored by NACDL and the…

Examiner Who Said Rainey’s Burned Body Showed No Trauma Got a Promotion and an Award

Earlier this month, New Times revealed that the Miami-Dade…

2018 Defending Sex Cases Conference

Defending charges of sexual assault and child abuse can be…

Migrant Minor is Held in Adult Detention Facility for Nearly a Year After Dental Exam Found He Was Likely 18

Soon after a young Guatemalan immigrant climbed over…

FBI Asks Google to Turn Over Data on All Users Who Were Close to Robbery Locations

The FBI has asked Google for location data on anyone close in…

Uncovering the Chemical Secrets of Burned Bones

In a new study, researchers report that Fourier transform infrared…

Avery Attorneys Buting, Strang Create Nonprofit Focused on Improving Forensic Science

Dean Strang and Jerry Buting, whose representation of Steven…

What Happened After an 11-Year-Old Boy Was Accused of Murdering His Pregnant Soon-To-Be Stepmom

On the morning of Feb. 20, 2009, Chris Brown was running a little…

Orlando Extends Facial Recognition Pilot Program

Orlando police officials say they will extend a pilot program…

Ancestry Sites Could Soon Expose Nearly Anyone’s Identity, Researchers Say

Genetic testing has helped plenty of people gain insight into…

Private DNA Lab Under Fire for Faulty Analysis

National Medical Services, Inc. (“NMS”), a Pennsylvania-based…

Junk Arson Science Sent Claude Garrett to Prison for Murder 25 Years Ago. Will Tennessee Release Him?

ON A MONDAY MORNING in late September, I arrived at a house in…

Death Investigation Academy – December 10-14

Explore strategies for conducting death investigations that occur…

Test Determines Individuals Likeliest to Shed DNA at Crime Scenes

Now Flinders University Professor Adrian Linacre and a team…

Registration Open: Forensic Science Friday – Medical Testimony and Records

This month's Forensic Science Friday will feature Attorney…

ACLU Questions Trade Secrets Protecting DNA Testing Algorithms

DNA testing can be flawed, often in complex ways. However, courts…

The Child-Abuse Contrarian – The New Yorker

Michael Holick, a renowned scientist turned expert witness, relies…

Miami Prosecutors Quietly Drop “Solved” 1986 Cold-Case Murder Charges

In 2014, Miami-Dade County prosecutors said Rickey L. Davis was…

Defender Summer School’s Facial Recognition Software and Eyewitness Identification Series

Last month, Robert Wesley, Public Defender for the Ninth Judicial…

Miami Cops Plan to Use New 90-Minute DNA Tests, Alarming Civil Liberty Groups

Traditionally, police need two to three months to collect, process,…

What Happened at the Lake

LAST SUMMER I got an email from a man whose reputation, and voice,…

Death Investigation Academy – November 12-16

Explore strategies for conducting death investigations that occur…

FREE Webinar: The Five B’s of Child Physical Abuse: Bruises, Burns, Bones, Bellies, and Brains – September 19

Kristen Reeder, Child Abuse Pediatrician, Children's Health –…

FREE Webinar: Face-Off: Recognizing and Challenging the Use of Facial Recognition Technology – September 18 at 11:00 AM

Description: The Police departments across the country are…

Study Finds Wrongful Convictions in 11.6 Percent of Sexual Assault Cases from Pre-DNA Testing Era

A recent study by the Urban Institute estimated that “wrongful…

Helping Solve the Wildest Crimes – The Washington Post

The young golden eagle on the operating table showed no outward…

FREE Webinar: The Five B’s of Child Physical Abuse: Bruises, Burns, Bones, Bellies, and Brains – September 12

Kristen Reeder, Child Abuse Pediatrician, Children's Health –…

US Government Wants Facebook to Break Encryption in its Messenger App – Ride the Lightning

Reuters reported on August 17th that he U.S. government is…

Stingray: PBSO Deputies Use Secret Cellphone Catcher that Could Grab Your Call Logs, Texts – The Palm Beach Post

Cops in Palm Beach County and across the country are using secret…

Hackers Can Edit Police Body Cam Footage Without Anybody Noticing – Motherboard

Police body camera footage is touted as objective and transparent…

The Pot Breathalyzer Is Here. Maybe – NPR

As legalization of recreational and medical marijuana continues…

Training Opportunity: Mobile Device Investigations – October 8-10

Learn current cell phone related strategies and techniques for…

New in School: AI-Driven Gun Detection Systems – Undark

Several companies hope to use artificial intelligence to automatically…

NIST Publishes Landmark MIX13 DNA Study – Forensic Magazine

Five years after an interlaboratory study showed that more than…

Suspicious Death Investigations: Finding the Right, Eliminating the Wrong, and Avoiding the Undetermined

Examine case studies based on the experiences of a homicide detective…

Training Opportunity: Current Drug Trends Symposium – August 29-30

The National Institute on Drug Abuse reports that every day,…

Why Do We Still Use ‘Junk Science’ to Convict? Blame the Judges – The Crime Report

For decades, the criminal justice system in the United States…

Inside Florida’s Only Forensic Body Farm – WWSB ABC 7

It's a five acre field, just north of Tampa, that may look like…

New Forensic Analysis Can Pinpoint Victim’s Age From Blood Stains – Forbes

Blood stains may soon be able to give forensic analysts a crucial…

Facial Recognition Software Wrongly Identifies 28 Lawmakers As Crime Suspects – NPR

Facial recognition software sold by Amazon mistakenly identified…

2018 “DWI Means Defend With Ingenuity®” Seminar: “Grand Slam Defenses” – October 10-13

NACDL & NCDD's 22nd Annual "DWI Means Defend With Ingenuity®" Seminar, "Grand…

Orlando to Continue Testing Amazon Facial Recognition Software – WKMG News 6

The Amazon Rekognition software has been in testing in Orlando…

Registration Open: Defender Summer School, August 6-7

Registration is now open for the 2018 Defender Summer School,…

Judge Throws Out DNA Evidence in UT Murder Suspect’s Case – KXAN

A judge decided to not allow certain DNA evidence in the…

Idaho Supreme Court Orders Acquittal for Insufficient Identification of Drug – Criminal Legal News

On March 2, 2018, the Supreme Court of Idaho vacated a prisoner’s…

FREE Webinar: Location Privacy After Carpenter – July 2

Just how private is location data kept by cellphone providers? Join…

Orlando Pulls the Plug on Its Amazon Facial Recognition Program – The New York Times

Amid a growing outcry about privacy concerns by civil liberties…

FREE Telephonic Briefing on June 27: Carpenter v. United States

NACDL will host a telephone briefing tomorrow, Wednesday, June…

FREE Webinar: It Really Is “Normal to be Normal” in Child Sexual Abuse – June 28 at 1:00 PM

Brief Overview: A child abuse pediatrician will describe the…

AI: Supplement or Supplant? – Open Ninth

The foundation of every conceivable website and app is a computer…

FREE Webinar: Investigating and Prosecuting Allegations of Medical Child Abuse – June 20 at 3:00 PM

Medical child abuse is a form of physical and emotional abuse…

Golden State Killer: DNA That Led to Suspect’s Arrest was Collect from His Car While He Shopped – News Channel 5

Court documents show that police collected DNA from Joseph James…

How an Unproven Forensic Science Spread Through the Criminal Justice System – ProPublica

The modern era of bloodstain-pattern analysis began when a small…

Blood Will Tell – ProPublica

The murder of Mickey Bryan, a quiet fourth-grade teacher, stunned…

What Role Does Hypoxia Play in Criminal Cases?

Courtesy of Godoy Medical Forensics   For both prosecutors…

Fingerprint Analysis Could Finally Get Scientific, Thanks to a New Tool – Gizmodo

FRStat is a new tool that could improve the reliability of fingerprint…

New Tool Predicts Eye, Hair and Skin Color from a DNA Sample of an Unidentified Individual – EurekAlert

An international team of forensic scientists has developed HIrisPlex-S…

FBI Repeatedly Overstated Encryption Threat Figures to Congress, Public – The Washington Post

On Tuesday, the FBI announced that it had provided incorrect…

Medical Examiner Quits, Calls Volusia County Situation ‘Potentially Dangerous’ – The Orlando Sentinel

Volusia County Medical Examiner Sara Zydowicz resigned this week…

Orlando Police Testing Amazon’s Real-Time Facial Recognition – NPR

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has filed a public…

U.S. House Pass New DNA Cold Case Bill – Corridor News

Earlier this month, the U.S. House of Representatives passed…

U.S. District Judge Limits Cell-Site Expert’s Testimony in Maryland

Earlier this month, a U.S. District Judge limited the testimony…

Here’s Why the Rival Autopsies of Sacramento Police Shooting Victim Stephon Clark Don’t Line Up – Mother Jones

Forensic pathologists explain why the official autopsy and private…

How the Supreme Court Could Rewrite the Rules for DNA Searches – The New Republic

The use of a genealogy DNA database to track down the Golden…

Forensic Chemist Uses Sweat to Distinguish Individuals at Crime Scene

A forensic chemist has released a new paper about how sweat from…

Privacy Advocates Concerned About Google AI and Pentagon Drone Surveillance – Criminal Legal News

Google has agreed to use its artificial intelligence technology…

Serial Killer Search Led to Wrong Man in 2017 – The New York Times

Before arresting Joseph James DeAngelo, investigators allegedly…

What Role Does Delirium Play in Criminal Cases?

Courtesy of Godoy Medical Forensics   In many of…

How a Genealogy Site Led to the Front Door of the Golden State Killer Suspect – The New York Times

A suspect has been arrested decades after the Golden State Killer…

DNA’s Revolutionary Role in Freeing the Innocent – The Innocence Project

This article provides an overview of the history of DNA analysis,…

Five Years On, Will MIX13 DNA Study Be ‘Bombshell’ Paper? – Forensic Magazine

The National Institute of Standards and Technology's (NIST) MIX13…

Can Estimates from Forensic Handwriting Experts Be Trusted in Court? – ScienceDaily

Forensic handwriting specialists are often called on to testify…

Framed for Murder By His Own DNA – The Marshall Project

Based on touch DNA, Lukis Anderson was charged with a crime that…

Dr. John Plunkett, RIP. He Told the Truth About Bad Forensics — And Was Prosecuted for It – The Washington Post

Dr. John Plunkett, the forensic pathologist who exposed the junk…

Prominent Academics Call for More Science in Forensic Science

Six former members of the National Commission on Forensic Science…

Leesburg Murder Trial May Hinge on Entomology

The upcoming murder trial of David Marriotti will likely come…

Orange-Osceola Public Defenders Learn About Fentanyl, Counterfeit Pills

Last week, Public Defender Robert Wesley hosted a seminar on…

The Hairy Problem with Drug Testing

A new lawsuit says that the practice of testing hair for drugs…

Why Scientists Are Stabbing Pig Carcasses with Samurai Swords

Forensic scientists have conducted new experiments to distinguish…

Don’t Take a Genetic Test Without Reading This First – Criminal Legal News

23andMe has reported that law enforcement agencies have requested…

California Supreme Court, Citing False Evidence, Overturns Murder Conviction That Put Delano Man on Death Row

Last week, the California Supreme Court overturned the murder…

Why are Police Departments Still Using Drug Field Tests? – The Washington Post

In this opinion piece, journalist Radley Balko discusses potential…

Organization of Scientific Area Committees for Forensic Science Launches its Forensic Science Terminology Database

As part of the OSAC Lexicon Initiative, each OSAC unit has identified…

She Told Cops They Were Vitamins. But Botched Test Kept Florida Mom in Jail for Months – The Miami Herald

Rebecca Shaw of Tampa Bay spent five months in jail after a field…

How a Teacher’s ‘Junk Science’ Landed a Dad in Jail on Charge of Raping his Autistic Son – The Miami Herald

In this piece, The Miami Herald chronicles that wrongful arrest…

Much-Debated ‘Daubert’ Standard Has Its Day in Florida Supreme Court – The Daily Business Review

The Florida Supreme Court has begun hearing arguments in Delisle…

This Man Is on Death Row for Killing a 6-Month-Old. But What If We’re Wrong About Shaken Baby Syndrome?

In this article, journalist Radley Balko and law professor Tucker…

How Can a Forensic Nurse Help with My Case?

The nurses and doctors at Godoy Medical Forensics offer medico-legal…

The Cadaver King and the Country Dentist: A True Story of Injustice in the American South

Journalist Radley Balko and law professor Tucker Carrington…

Tunnel Vision: Arizona Prosecutors Double Down on Murder Theory as the Evidence Crumbles Around Them

In Part 2 of The Intercept's investigation on the possible wrongful…

Forensic Science Put Jimmy Genrich in Prison for 24 Years. What if It Wasn’t Science?

The Nation explores the use of toolmark analysis in the case…

2018 Making Sense of Science Seminar

Registration has opened for the National Association of Criminal…

American Academy of Forensic Sciences’ 70th Annual Scientific Meeting

The American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS) will hold its…

New DNA Database at Rutgers-Camden to Strengthen Forensic Science – phys.org

Rutgers University at Camden has developed a new database known…

Experts Hired to Present 3D Animation of Shots Allegedly Fired by FBI Agent at LaVoy Finicum’s Truck

Forensic experts have been hired to present 3D animations for…

New NIST Forensic Tests to Ensure High-Quality Copies of Digital Evidence

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has…

Scientists Shoot Human Heads Filled With Cow Blood for Science

A new study on backspatter has used human heads filled with cow…

How Long do Psilocybin/Mushrooms Stay in the System?

Courtesy of Godoy Medical Forensics   Users can come…

Luminescent Nanoparticles Leave a Glowing Fingerprint

A new fingerprint analysis method leaves fingerprints that glow…

Can a Brain Scan Tell If You’re Lying?

Although a functional MRI is more accurate than a polygraph,…

Arkansas Prosecutors Drop Murder Case That Hinged On Evidence From Amazon Echo – NPR

Prosecutors in Arkansas have dropped the first-degree murder…

Is Shot Spotter Reliable Enough? Critics Question Human Equation Behind Technology

ShotSpotter was designed to locate gunfire through audio sensors…

Science, Technology, or the Examiner Experience: What Influences Jurors’ Judgments About Forensic Science Testimony?

New research raises concerns about the potential undue influence…

Texas National Guard Installed Cellphone Spying Devices on Surveillance Planes

Reports have revealed that Digital Receiver Technology, Inc. (DRT)…

New Mathematical Model Gives Courts Valuable DNA Tool – ScienceDaily

New research has placed evidentiary value on DNA from Y chromosomes,…

Prosecutors: Thousands of Cases Impacted by Lab Misconduct

In yet another crime lab scandal, Massachusetts prosecutors estimate…

What are the Pitfalls of Radiology?

Courtesy of Godoy Medical Forensics Don't Believe Everything…

In a Bizarre Murder Hearing, Prosecutor Argues That Flies in Las Vegas Don’t Like Dead Bodies

In a post-conviction hearing for Kirstin Blaise Lobato, who…

Using DNA to Sketch What Victims Look Like; Some Call It Science Fiction

Law enforcement agencies are using phenotyping to predict the…

NIST Urges Caution in Use of Courtroom Evidence Presentation Method

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has…

Strengthening Forensic Science: From the Scene to the Courtroom, October 17-18

The University of Central Florida's National Center for Forensic…

Tattoo Recognition: Law Enforcement’s Newest Identification Tool

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has…

Innovative Program Addresses Need to More Accurately Apply Forensic Science in Justice System

University of South Florida-St. Petersburg (USFSP) has established…

National Institute of Standards and Technology to Study the Reliability of Forensic Methods for Analyzing DNA Mixtures

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) will…

How Do Forensic Nurses Analyze Gunshot Wounds?

Courtesy of Godoy Medical Forensics   Doctor Accuracy Medical…

Strengthening Forensic Science: From the Scene to the Courtroom, October 17-18

The University of Central Florida's National Center for Forensic…

Could Insect Larvae Help Solve Rape-Murder Cases?

A new study from Murdoch University found that carrion fly larvae…

D.C. Court of Appeals Rules That Stingray Surveillance Requires a Warrant

This week, the District of Columbia Court of Appeals decided…

Can Liver Failure Be Mistaken for Intoxication?

Courtesy of Godoy Medical Forensics   Case Summary Mr.…

AAAS Releases Its Quality and Gap Analysis of Latent Fingerprint Examination

The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)…

Can Cops Force You to Unlock Your Phone with Your Face?

Some critics have raised constitutional questions about Apple's…

The Link Between Animal Abuse and Murder

Melinda Merck, a forensic veterinarian, has argued that there…

Traces of Crime: How New York’s DNA Techniques Became Tainted

Over the past decade, New York City's laboratory developed two…

Medical Records: Where to Start?

Courtesy of Godoy Medical Forensics If you’re looking for…

AAAS Releases Its Quality and Gap Analysis of Arson Science

The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)…

The Emperor of Junk Science Forensics Has Died

Last month, Robert O’Block killed himself after murdering…

Free Event: Evaluating the Evidence: Arson Scene to the Courtroom

The University of Central Florida (UCF) Distinguished Speaker…

Ghost in the Engine: Cabbies, Engineers, Dying Whistle-Blower Say Unintended Acceleration is Real – Consumer Affairs

One whistleblower claims that dysfunctional accelerators in some…

What is Methamphetamine?

Courtesy of Godoy Medical Forensics   Methamphetamine…

President Trump Signs the Rapid DNA Act

Last week, President Trump signed the Rapid DNA Act, which will…

Automated Fingerprint Analysis is One Step Closer to Reality – Science Daily

Researchers from the National Institute of Standards and Technology…

Revolutionary Fingertip Drug Test Aids Forensic Toxicology – Select Science

The development of a new fingertip-based drug screening system…

Justice Department Creates In-House Team to Monitor Accuracy of Forensic Testimony in Criminal Cases

The U.S. Department of Justice has established an internal team…

How Can a DUI Blood Draw Be Dismissed?

Courtesy of Godoy Medical Forensics   At the DUI…

Wiretap Report 2016

U.S. Courts released its annual wiretap report for 2016. Some…

Judge: Pacemaker Data Can Be Used in Middletown Arson Trial

An Ohio judge has ruled that digital data from a defendant's…

Scientists Still Seek A Reliable DUI Test For Marijuana

Despite an increasing number of states legalizing medical marijuana…

What is Great Bodily Injury or Significant Bodily Injury?

Courtesy of Godoy Medical Forensics   In regards…

Bruises and Bones: When is It Child Abuse?

Courtesy of Godoy Medical Forensics Child abuse cases are…

Forensic Scientists Recover Human DNA from Mosquitoes – ScienceDaily

A new study has found that human blood extracted from mosquitoes…

To Solve Gruesome Desert Mysteries, Scientists Become Body Collectors – NPR

Colorado's Forensic Investigation Research Station (FIRS) is…

Science Organizations Renew Call for Independent U.S. Committee on Forensics

Numerous scientific organizations, led by the American Association…

When is it Neglect?

Courtesy of Godoy Medical Forensics Neglect is not a straightforward…

Police Mistake Powdered Drywall for Cocaine

A man spent nearly three months in the Seminole County Jail after…

Critics Claim that Broward Judges Aren’t Letting Defendants Challenge Bad DNA Evidence

Following a scandal in the Broward County Sheriff's Office Crime…

Digital Forensics for Criminal Defense Attorneys

On June 29th, the National Association for Public Defense will…

Using Cardiac Devices to Solve Forensic Cases

A newly released study shows how cardiac devices, such as pacemakers…

How Can Diabetes Result in a DUI?

Courtesy of Godoy Medical Forensics   Diabetes is…

Can the Law Enforcement’s DNA Database Tell Police Your Medical Information?

In a new study, researchers have developed a way to match forensic…

Using Frontal Sinus Development to Determine Age

Last week, North Carolina State University published a study…

Artemisinin-Luminol Chemiluminescence for Forensic Bloodstain Detection Using a Smart Phone as a Detector

The American Chemical Society released a new study on the use…

Can One Punch Kill?

Courtesy of Godoy Medical Forensics In assault and attempted…

How Audio Analysis Of Gunshots Helps Solve Crimes

Acoustic forensics expert Robert Maher discusses how audio analysis…

Intra- and Interskeletal Proteome Variations in Fresh and Buried Bones

The American Chemical Society released Intra- and Interskeletal…

Privacy Experts Express Concerns Over Gene Pattern Research

A recent study on gene pattern research suggests that a limited…

Florida’s First Body Farm

In this WGCU podcast, Dr. Heather Walsh-Haney, professor forensic…

Federal Government Uses Cell-Site Simulators to Hind Undocumented Immigrants

Federal immigration agencies have begun use cell-site simulator…

Can DNA Evidence Be Too Convincing? An Acquitted Man Thinks So

In 2015, Terrell Gills was arrested for allegedly robbing a Dunkin'…

Is the Defendant Drunk or Concussed?

Courtesy of Godoy Medical Forensics   If a person…

Critics Speak Out Against Colorado’s Use of Polygraphs on Sex Offenders

Despite concerns of the unreliability of polygraph testing, Colorado…

Litigation Challenges and Friction Ridge Evidence

On April 28th, 2017, the Public Defender for the Ninth Judicial…

Drug Field Tests, False Positives, and Bogus Pleas

On April 28th, 2017, the Public Defender for the Ninth Judicial…

Department of Justice Asks for Public Comments on How to Improve Forensic Science

Nearly one month after disbanding the National Commission on…

What are Pressure Ulcers?

5 Facts Criminal Attorneys Should Know About Pressure Ulcers …

World’s First Cold-Weather Body Farm

Later this year, Northern Michigan University will debut the…

Are Two Black Eyes Indicative of Abuse?

Courtesy of Godoy Medical Forensics   Two Black Eyes,…

Strangulation or Drug Overdose? The Convictions of Jessie McKim and James Peavler

New testimony from forensic pathologists cast doubt upon the…

Taser International Announces Plans to Use Police Body Cameras to Anticipate Crimes

Police equipment manufacture Taser International has announced…

Flawed Forensic Science May Be Hampering Identification of Human Remains

The Australian National University (ANU) has published new research…

How Can You Tell if There are Multiple Injuries from Blunt Force Trauma?

Courtesy of Godoy Medical Forensics   Multiple Injuries You…

When Does In-Home Caregiving Turn into Elder Abuse/Neglect?

Courtesy of Godoy Medical Forensics In many criminal cases,…

Over 20,000 Cases Dropped in Connection with Drug Crime Lab Scandal

Massachusetts prosecutors announced that they would collectively…

What Symptoms of Heroin Withdrawal Would Affect a Defendant’s Ability to Form Intent?

Courtesy of Godoy Medical Forensics What Symptoms of Heroin…

Using Artificial Intelligence to Sentence Criminals

Some courts and corrections departments are using algorithms…

What are Abrasions and Lacerations?

Courtesy of Godoy Medical Forensics   An abrasion…

Forensic Scientists Have Developed a Robot That Imitates Knife Stabbing

Forensic scientists have developed a machine that imitates knife…

Phenotyping Face Sketches: Science or False Hope?

Parabon Labs is marketing a new technology that involves phenotyping—using…

Department of Justice to End National Commission on Forensic Science

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions released a statement today…

What Constitutes Great Bodily Injury (GBI)?

Courtesy of Godoy Medical Forensics I am often called to…

New Hair Analysis Technique May Be Able to Predict a Suspect’s Lifestyle Traits

A new technique for hair analysis may allow scientists to predict…

Using Pollen as a Forensic Tool

While palynology, the study of pollen grains, has rarely been…

Using Sonar to Search for Dead Bodies in Water

Police and forensic scientists are using sonar to find dead bodies…

How is Abusive Head Trauma Diagnosed?

Courtesy of Godoy Medical Forensics   The purpose…

Concerns Arise Over the Use of Real-Time Face Recognition and Body Cameras

As science advances real-time face recognition technology, civil…

Vast Majority of 24,000 Cases Handled by Dookhan will be Vacated

District attorneys have announced that the vast majority of 24,000…

Forensic Errors Found in D.C. Ballistics Crime Lab

Due to crime lab review revealed errors made by three forensic…

New Research Finds that Fingerprints Can Migrate on Non-Porous Surfaces

New research from the University of Abertay Dundee has found…

New Forensic Method Could Be Used to Predict Suspect’s Age Based on Blood and Saliva Samples

A new study, DNA Methylation-Based Forensic Age Prediction Using…

New Forensic Tool Could Help Identify Victims in Child Pornography

Researchers at New York University's Tandon School of Engineering,…

How Can Immaturity be Used as Mitigation?

Courtesy of Godoy Medical Forensics   Some defendants…

Personnel File of Orange Count Fingerprint Analyst Shows Poor Reviews Dating Back to 2015

The newly released personnel file of Marco Palacio, a latent…

Can Bruises be Dated?

Courtesy of Godoy Medical Forensics   Contusion This…

Was Junk Arson Science Used to Convict a Mother for Killing Her Own Daughters?

In 2001, a 24-year-old mother was convicted of killing her two…

How Can Substance Abuse be Used for Mitigation?

Courtesy of Godoy Medical Forensics   Early or heavy…

Standard DNA Testing Unable to Distinguish Between Identical Twins; A New Test May Change That

While standard DNA testing is unable to differentiate between…

Proposed Law Enforcement Training Facility Includes USF Forensic Experts

The Florida Forensic Institute for Research, Security and Tactical…

What Exactly is a Concussion?

Courtesy of Godoy Medical Forensics   When a bump,…