WASHINGTON Ð U.S. Sen. Tom Udall welcomed the Sepich family to his Washington office Tuesday to present them with signed copies of the Katie Sepich Enhanced DNA Collection Act of 2012, the federal legislation President Obama recently signed into law.
Monthly Archives: February 2013
Through the National Criminal Justice Reference Service, NIJ has made available the following final technical reports:
• Automated Processing of FTA Samples (pdf, 27 pages)
• Automated Processing of Sexual Assault Cases Using Selective Degradation (pdf, 75 pages)
• DNA Profiling of the Semen Donor in Extended Interval Post-Coital Samples (pdf, 61 pages)
• Improved Detection of Male DNA in Post-Coital Samples (pdf, 106 pages)
IntegenX Teams with SAIC to Pursue Defense Threat Reduction Agency Contracts Using Rapid DNA Biometrics Capability
IntegenX and Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) announced today that they have signed a teaming agreement to pursue Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity (ID/IQ) Awards supporting U.S. needs for detection of weapons of mass destruction. Support provided by IntegenX and SAIC will enable warfighters to complete their missions efficiently and effectively by supplying an integrated system that provides rapid DNA-based identification of biothreat agents.
(Reuters) – A letter by Francis Crick, the co-discoverer of DNA, outlining the Nobel Prize-winning achievement to his young son is expected to fetch as much as $2 million when it is sold at auction in April, Christie’s said on Tuesday.
WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Tuesday struggled with what one of the justices called its most important criminal procedure case in decades, whether to let police take DNA without a warrant from those arrested in hopes of using it to solve old cases.
Katie Sepich was raped, murdered and set on fire nearly a decade ago, and her parents’ campaign for justice has reached the Supreme Court. So, too, have the privacy concerns raised by DNA collection.
…On Tuesday, those stories and others will resonate inside the Supreme Court, where the justices will be asked to rule on the use of DNA in law enforcement. At stake is the widespread police practice of taking DNA samples from people arrested but not yet convicted of serious crimes — a practice fueled in part by the persistent advocacy of Katie Sepich’s parents…
Investigators were confident the touch DNA they brought to Utah’s crime lab a couple years ago would confirm they had the right suspect. But an analysis pointed to someone else, according to lab director Jay Henry.
In fact, the lab clears about a third of the people initially suspected of a crime, Henry said. But funding constraints have reduced the lab staff over the past few years, creating long delays in the kind of analysis that cleared the innocent man. Now the lab is asking legislators for two more DNA analysts to handle the mounting evidence and help mend a lab still limping from a “brain drain” it has experienced for years.
SPRINGFIELD — A new DNA unit organized by Hampden District Attorney Mark G. Mastroianni is aimed at getting the best forensic evidence tested and processed in as short a time as possible for his prosecutors to try their cases.
The Faroe Islands, a tiny, windswept land halfway between Scotland and Iceland, is so barren its 50,000 inhabitants import almost everything except fish and sheep. Now it wants to leap to the frontier of genetic medicine.
The chief forensics officer at the Austin Police Department’s crime lab said funding for three new forensic chemists will enable the department to eliminate a backlog of samples that is causing unprecedented delays in resolving criminal cases.
When Alonzo King was arrested for assault in 2009 after pointing a shotgun at several people, authorities had no reason to think he was also a rapist.
Then officials swabbed his cheek at the Wicomico County, Maryland, booking facility and ran his DNA through a nationwide database. The check linked King to an unsolved 2003 rape.
Prosecutors are hailing new DNA technology that helped secure two convictions in a string of recent robberies.
The new True Allele casework system made its debut in a Kern County courtroom this month.
Several Louisiana courts and law enforcement agencies burdened by a backlog of blood and DNA tests trickling through overworked labs hope soon to see ground breaking for the $24 million North Louisiana Forensic Sciences Center promised nearly eight years ago.
GROSSE POINTE PARK (WXYZ) – Could forensics test results obtained exclusively by 7 Action News link Bob Bashara to his wife’s murder?
Ann Chamberlain, a former Michigan State Police forensic scientist, examined the report. She says a blood sample taken from the garage at Jane and Bob’s Grosse Pointe Park home, where it is believed Jane was killed, show both of their DNA.