Here is some more information regarding the Tara Grinstead case and the Up and Vanished podcast: Up and Vanished website Wikipedia Article with reference to ‘meshed DNA’
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Curiously enough, just as the O.J. Simpson trial has come back into the public’s consciousness through FX’s ‘The People v. O.J. Simpson’ TV series, now we have ‘bombshell’ news. Reportedly, a construction worker found a knife buried on the Rockingham property as it was being demolished by the new owners. The construction worker gave […]
http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/crime/fbi-notifies-crime-labs-of-errors-used-in-dna-match-calculations-since-1999/2015/05/29/f04234fc-0591-11e5-8bda-c7b4e9a8f7ac_story.html It will be interesting to see how this shakes out. “In a bulletin sent to crime labs, the FBI said the problem stemmed from “clerical mistakes in transcriptions of the genotypes and to limitations of the old technology and software.” I am not sure that the public will ever have access to this bulletin, […]
A suspect in the recent tragic DC quadruple homicide was identified through DNA left on a pizza crust. In Los Angeles, the ‘Grim Sleeper’ case received a lot of attention after DNA obtained from pizza, napkins, and utensils used by the primary suspect was matched to evidence from several crime scenes. With today’s sensitive DNA […]
Columbus Police To Review 3,000 DNA Test Results If the article in the link above is accurate, the problem is that reports were issued in which associations were made between DNA on items of evidence and DNA of individuals with no statistic to indicate the significance of that association. This is like receiving a voicemail […]
My friend and recent DNA Interview Series guest, Anjali B. Dooley (anjalilawoffice.com, sidebartv.com) and I have been discussing the intersection of attorneys and experts. We have decided to do a collaboratorive posting about understanding DNA reports in criminal cases. Based on the material I have posted here, she will be offering additional commentary and questions […]
During my 16 year career in forensic science I have had the pleasure of seeing forensic science from a number of vantages. Starting out as a criminalist in law enforcement laboratories, I will never forget when the Captain of our Division toured us young, eager scientists through the jail. This was a novel experience […]