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The Government Accountability Office
is investigating the FBI’s handling of the anthrax inquiry
due to the unanswered scientific questions uncovered by the National Academy of Sciences’ evaluation of the investigation.
A Missouri forensic chemist is
suing the St. Louis Police Department
for terminating her as punishment for reporting mistakes in the lab’s drug analysis.
The Nassau County (NY) Police
knew about its crime lab’s deficiencies since 2003
, years before the laboratory was put on probation by its accreditation board in 2010.
The Supreme Court
declined to review a military case
involving what may be
systemic forensic problems
at the Army Criminal Investigation Laboratory.
The coroner’s office in New Orleans, the city with the nation’s highest murder rate,
operates on less than half the budget
of other parishes because its leadership does not advocate for resources. The office also handles autopsies for other parishes without full compensation, creating a
for its forensic pathologists.
An appointed medical examiner
may be cheaper than an elected coroner’s office
in an Illinois county.
A team of Russian digital forensic security experts
cracked Apple’s iOS 4
on-device data protection and backup file encryption.
The FBI believes that it
recovered the fingerprint
of a Yemeni al-Qaida master bomb maker from the device found on the 2009 Underwear Bomber.
exhumed the body of the late President Salvador Allende
to settle the debate on his manner of death.
Scientists at the University of Sussex are in the preliminary stages of developing a
to detect fingerprints at a crime scene using electrostatic sensors which could possibly also be used in the future to determine the age of a fingerprint.
A newly developed device, using cameras tuned to different planes of polarized light,
can read fingerprints from up to six feet away
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