News 04.14.11

Science Thursdays: North Carolina Debates Creating Independent Crime Lab

North Carolina considers independent crime lab management, the Ninth Circuit rules that laptops can be searched for forensic evidence without a warrant and the death of a grey wolf gets investigated through forensics.  Here’s a roundup of forensics news:

North Carolina legislators introduced a bill to would

remove North Carolina’s top crime lab from the control of the State Bureau of Investigation

and create a separate, autonomous entity that reports directly to the attorney general.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit rules that, for forensic inspection,

laptops can be seized at the border without a warrant

.

Backlogs become a problem with

digital forensic evidence

.

The body of a Mexican gray wolf killed by an apparent gunshot wound has been sent to the National Fish and Wildlife Forensics Laboratory in Oregon for

forensic testing

.

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