Self-destructing computer data storage, the UK sees forensic research privatized, and persisting problems in American crime labs – here’s a roundup of forensic news:
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo appointed the State Inspector General to
the Nassau County police crime lab.
Subpoenas were issued
on Tuesday to the Nassau police department and several civilian lab employees.
Unlike magnetic-based hard drives, data stored on flash drives and other solid state memory can
, creating evidentiary problems.
The D.C. City Council is holding a hearing on how flawed breathalyzer equipment calls into question
hundreds of drunken driving convictions
Since 2009, Houston has been using
to run the city’s fingerprint department because of earlier problems.
The UK’s privatization of forensic science research
over whether private companies, afraid of commercial competition, will refuse to reveal procedures used in forensic testing.