No one has hours to scour the papers to keep up with the latest news, so we’ve curated the top news stories in the field of Forensic Science for this week. Here’s what you need to know to get out the door!
Police in Germany may soon be able to use DNA to build a more detailed picture of wanted fugitives. Under a new proposed law, authorities could be allowed to identify a suspect’s age as well as skin color.
The backlog of sexual assault test kits isn’t just a problem in North Carolina, it’s a national issue.And the effort to not only clear the backlog but also to reform the way sexual assault investigations are handled is being spearheaded in Research Triangle Park.
DuPage County prosecutors Monday announced the indictment of a DNA profile of a person suspected to be involved in the case of an infant known as Baby Hope, who was found dead in a backpack along a road near Wheaton three years ago.
How do we ensure that the justice system operates on reliable information? Are there other systems in other parts of the world that do a better job at this? Is it even possible to “fact check” our courts in a way that enforces accountability, or are we simply stuck hoping that appeals court judges will admit and correct their mistakes?
Congress has the opportunity to renew important funding for helping solve a critical issue in the U.S. — the number of untested rape kits languishing on shelves of police departments, hospitals and state crime labs.
Some argue that our adversarial justice system is a fundamentally flawed approach for assessing expert testimony — that the qualities and characteristics of a good scientist are contradictory to, or even incompatible with, the sorts of experts that juries tend to find persuasive. Do you agree with that assessment? If so, what can be done to address this problem? Are there systems in other countries that do it better?