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Texas leads trend in challenging forensic evidence - USA TODAY

Texas leads trend in challenging forensic evidence - USA TODAY | Crime Lab Bio Technician | Scoop.it
Texas leads trend in challenging forensic evidence
USA TODAY
A Texas Forensic Science Commission was recently formed to look into forensic techniques used in convictions.

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In this field there is different ways to collect evidence in crime situations and I feel that I should know.

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Robert Guest's curator insight, January 4, 2014 4:51 PM
Texas has convicted too many with junk science. There are a few reasons for this, one is that our appellate courts allow prosecutors to put on phony "experts" and have set the bar so low for "science" that we just recently quit allowing "dog scent lineups".
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DNA evidence is circumstantial – Supreme Court of Appeal

DNA evidence is circumstantial – Supreme Court of Appeal | Crime Lab Bio Technician | Scoop.it
I was just alerted to this. I have no words. Analysis of judgement to come. Does this make the DNA bill meaningless?

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The evidence that I collect in this field can greatly be useful to court cases, and seperate the innocent from the guilty.

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Florida Death Row Prisoner Fights to Overturn Conviction, DNA Evidence Points To Victim's Ex-Boyfriend

Florida Death Row Prisoner Fights to Overturn Conviction, DNA Evidence Points To Victim's Ex-Boyfriend | Crime Lab Bio Technician | Scoop.it

Paul Hildwin, who has spent half his life on death row for a murder that he says he did not commit, is fighting for a new trial based on DNA evidence pointing to the victim's boyfriend as the actual perpetrator. Earlier this month, Martin McClain, who has defended Hildwin for the past two decades, and Innocence Project Senior Staff Attorney Nina Morrison argued in court proceedings that the new DNA evidence from bodily fluids definitively exclude Hildwin as the perpetrator. The attorneys also maintained that Hildwin wasn’t given a fair trial because the prosecution withheld evidence pointing to the defendant’s innocence from the defense and that the scientific evidence presented at trial was flawed.

 

Hildwin became a suspect in the murder after stolen property from the vehicle was found in his possession. When questioned, he told investigators that he had hitched a ride with the victim and her boyfriend several days earlier, and admitted stealing property from the vehicle, including the victim’s checkbook. However, he has always denied assaulting or murdering the victim. According to his lawyers, prosecutors withheld from the defendant the fact that investigators spoke with witnesses who saw the victim and her boyfriend (the alternative suspect) after the time that the prosecution claims Hildwin committed the murder, along with other evidence casting suspicion on the boyfriend....


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In this article, its about exactly what I wanna do. Using DNA evidence to solve crimes.

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Kirk Bloodsworth - DNA Evidence

Kirk Bloodsworth was the first person to be exonerated and released from death row by DNA evidence.


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Richard Jones's curator insight, June 2, 2013 7:23 PM

 

This is a sobering video showing the effects of a wrongful conviction subsequently overturned on the basis of DNA evidence recovered from a victim.

 

Trace evidence collected from bodies at autopsies must be carefully documented, recovered, and stored so that it is available to interested parties at a later date even if it is not subjected to analysis in the immediate aftermath of the autopsy. Contamination must be prevented, so that the integrity of the sample can be vouched for prior to analysis.

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First man exonerated from death row by DNA testing speaks at city church | SeacoastOnline.com

First man exonerated from death row by DNA testing speaks at city church | SeacoastOnline.com | Crime Lab Bio Technician | Scoop.it
PORTSMOUTH — Kirk Bloodsworth’s voice shook as he told his story Sunday morning in front of the members of the Christ Episcopal Church and remembered how his mother died before DNA evidence exonerated him.

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This is an actual situation where DNA set someone free from jail, that was actually innocent.

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Forensics, DNA Fingerprinting, and CODIS - How does DNA Identification Work?

Forensics, DNA Fingerprinting, and CODIS - How does DNA Identification Work? | Crime Lab Bio Technician | Scoop.it

DNA is present in nearly every cell of our bodies, and we leave cells behind everywhere we go without even realizing it. Flakes of skin, drops of blood, hair, and saliva all contain DNA that can be used to identify us. In fact, the study of forensics, commonly used by police departments and prosecutors around the world, frequently relies upon these small bits of shed DNA to link criminals to the crimes they commit. This fascinating science is often portrayed on popular television shows as a simple, exact, and infallible method of finding a perpetrator and bringing him or her to justice. In truth, however, teasing out a DNA fingerprint and determining the likelihood of a match between a suspect and a crime scene is a complicated process that relies upon probability to a greater extent than most people realize. Government-administered DNA databases, such as the Combined DNA Index System (CODIS), do help speed the process, but they also bring to light complex ethical issues involving the rights of victims and suspects alike. Thus, understanding the ways in which DNA evidence is obtained and analyzed, what this evidence can tell investigators, and how this evidence is used within the legal system is critical to appreciating the true ethical and legal impact of forensic genetics.


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Even the smallest amount of DNA such as hair, skin flakes, and saliva can be used to identify people and solve crimes.

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College Search - University of Washington - U-Dub

College Search - University of Washington - U-Dub | Crime Lab Bio Technician | Scoop.it
University of Washington: Get trusted and up to date information about University of Washington financial aid, admission, SAT scores, college majors, deadlines, and more at collegeboard.org.

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Crime Lab Technician Career Information and Average Salary

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I searched this because this is how much a biotechnician's yearly salary and what degrees do you need.

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