Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez said Thursday that a backlog at the Illinois State Police crime lab was responsible for a nearly one-year delay in processing key DNA evidence that has led to charges against a Chicago Police commander for allegedly putting a gun in a suspect’s mouth.
Monthly Archives: August 2014
The earliest people in the North American Arctic remained isolated from later arrivals to the region for millennia before vanishing more than 700 years ago, a new genetic analysis shows. The study, published online Thursday, also reveals that today’s Inuit and Native Americans of the Arctic are genetically distinct from the region’s first settlers.
BELLEVILLE – Governor Pat Quinn today was joined by state and local officials to open a new State Police Metro-East Forensic Science Laboratory in Belleville. The facility will provide the Illinois State Police (ISP) and police agencies throughout the region with enhanced crime-solving abilities. The event is part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to ensure the safety of all people in every community across Illinois.
Explore timely issues in forensic DNA during workshops at this year’s ISHI.
Topics to be explored include:
• Ancestry and genealogy testing
• Interpretation of complex DNA mixtures
• Advances in next-generation sequencing
• New probabilistic software; what it is and how it works
• Complex relationship statistics
• Incorporating new autosomal and Y loci in the lab
• Working with biological evidence
See the complete workshop listing and view the general session symposium agenda at : www.ishinews.com
(Reuters) – Amid ongoing efforts to address a backlog of unanalyzed rape kits that go untested throughout the country, California lawmakers passed a bill on Friday requiring law enforcement to process the evidence within a certain time frame.
The bill next goes for a procedural approval in the state Assembly next week before heading to Governor Jerry Brown’s desk for his signature. Brown vetoed a pilot program in 2011 that would have required certain counties to process their backlogged rape kits.
Washington’s Supreme Court may have just made it easier for prison inmates to try to get their convictions overturned through DNA testing. In a 6-to-3 ruling Thursday, the high court said inmates don’t have to show they’re likely innocent in order to win a post-conviction DNA test.
Indictments are ready on 22 Memphis rape cases that were part of the city’s backlog of untested sexual assault kits.
Memphis Police Department [MPD] Deputy Chief Jim Harvey said some of those indictments are on known suspects, and some of them are on DNA profiles of unknown suspects collected from the kits.
Sexual assault victims in Wisconsin will be given a consent form notifying them they can have tests done and have DNA evidence stored at a state crime lab in Madison as they decide whether to go to police, the state Justice Department announced Tuesday.
The new process for reporting sexual assaults and storing evidence centrally in Madison will help calm victims and may help authorities to catch the perpetrators eventually, according to officials.
Jayann Sepich spent part of her day at the Minneapolis Public Library telling the story of daughter Katie, who was a 22-year-old college student in 2003 when she was abducted, raped and murdered.
“It’s heart wrenching every time I tell the story, but I know that other mothers won’t be burying their daughters if we can get this passed, and that matters to me,” Sepich told KARE.
A federal agency within the Commerce Department is looking to give $20 million to fund a new forensic science research center.
The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) on Tuesday announced a competition for money to build the center, which will work on establishing “a firm scientific foundation” for key methods in the sciences.
Dutch officials expect precise accuracy from DNA-matching software that will be used to identify many of the 298 Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 victims. But it is unknown whether there will be enough genetic evidence from the remains and relatives of the missing to ID everyone.
As of Friday, 171 people who died after the July 17 crash had not been recovered.