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Delaying, Delayed, and Good Ol’ Hamstrung Justice

October 6, 2009
As I like to bitch and gripe at the lack of novel approaches in the justice system, I should at least look at some when they do pop up. A couple of novel ideas were brought to my attention during the last couple of weeks, so I figured I'd share them herein.

L.A. County Sheriff Suspends DNA Testing in Sexual Assault Cases

June 23, 2009

Out of cash and understaffed, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department has suspended its faltering effort to analyze DNA evidence from thousands of rape and sexual assault cases, the Los Angeles Times reports.

LAPD Ties 72-year-old Man to Two Waves of Serial Killings

May 1, 2009
DNA leads detectives to John Thomas Jr., 72. He is held in two slayings, but police suspect he may have killed up to 30 elderly Westside and Claremont women a decade apart.

Call For Forensics Overhaul Linked To "CSI" Effect

February 19, 2009
Millions of people watch CBS's CSI: Crime Scene Investigation every week. But forensic evidence isn't nearly as ironclad as it appears on television. In fact, according to a study released Wednesday by the National Academy of Sciences, the nation's crime labs need a total overhaul.

Blood from Mosquito Traps Finnish Suspect

December 22, 2008
Police in Finland believe they have caught a car-thief thanks to a DNA sample taken from a sample of his blood found inside a mosquito.

Just a Touch: Using Touch DNA Evidence

December 1, 2008

Amazing. This unknown suspect left behind enough DNA from just briefly touching the sides of the victim's underwear to provide a statistically significant partial DNA profile.

L.A. County Sheriff's Officials Acknowledge that Genetic Evidence in 5,635 Rape Cases May be Untested

November 13, 2008

The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, under pressure from county supervisors and watchdog groups to account for its handling of DNA evidence from sexual assault cases, acknowledged Wednesday it did not know whether genetic evidence from more than 5,600 rape cases had been examined.

S.C. Governor, NAACP Oppose Collection of DNA from Felons

October 30, 2008

Reggie Lloyd, director of the State Law Enforcement Division, said he also was concerned with the new law and its potential to direct scarce resources away from core functions such as keeping officers on the streets.

DNA: Tales of the Double Helix

February 1, 2003

Blood stains are really hard to get out. And today, with the advent of DNA matching, it’s even harder for criminals to mask their violent deeds, as just trace amounts of blood and other biological materials can put investigators hot on their trail.

Getting a Clue

May 1, 2002

Technological advances in instrumentation and equipment let law enforcement continually rethink what is possible when collecting forensic evidence. Utilizing new products and technologies often allows more evidence to be located, identified, and collected.

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