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!
For years, DNA has largely been considered part of an invisible, mysterious realm that experts can dip into as needed: to identify criminals, to screen for disease. But that paradigm is giving way to a new one.
The approach, used rarely by prosecutors, is designed for occasions when no suspect can be identified, but their genetic makeup can. The state of Wisconsin, prosecutors told The Washington Post, actually pioneered the tactic.
Called a “John Doe warrant,” or in this case, a “DNA profile indictment,” it originated in the late 1990s as a way to file charges against unidentified rapists before it became too late, leaving rape victims without any prospect of justice.
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