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Daniel Pearl slay suspect arrested in Pakistan

Daniel Pearl slay suspect arrested in Pakistan | Gen's Rea: Crime & Punishment | Scoop.it
An Islamic extremist leader believed to be involved in the decade old beheading of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl has been arrested in Karachi, Pakistan.
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Thankful to see that the investigation into the brutal murder of Jewish-American journalist Daniel Pearl is still open over a decade later. Pearl, the former Chief of the Wall Street Journal's S. Asia Bureau, was investigating links between the shoe bomber and al Qaeda when he was captured and killed. Recall that in 2007, 9/11 mastermind Khaled Sheikh Mohammed confessed to beheading Pearl and sending the tape to U.S. officials. Interestingly, authorities (The Pearl Project) confirmed this confession by using a cutting-edge technique called "vein matching" to match the vascular pattern of the hands appearing on the tape to those of KSM (currently imprisoned in Guantanamo Bay.) The hope of prosecuting KSM for the Pearl murder was thwarted when it was determined his confession was obtained unlawfully. The "new science" of vein matching gave hope to U.S. authorities looking for new evidence to prosecute KSM with, but so far they have not charged KSM with the Pearl murder. Many theorize this is being done to avoid complicating the prosecution for KSM's role in the 9/11 attacks.

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Occupy Murder Mess Points to Problems With New York’s DNA Database

Occupy Murder Mess Points to Problems With New York’s DNA Database | Gen's Rea: Crime & Punishment | Scoop.it

David Kaye, a law professor at Penn State and the author of The Double Helix and the Law of Evidence, said the department’s tactics in this case stood out.

“What’s interesting is taking [the DNA] from a chain that so many people could have touched and then running that through the database of crime-scene samples ... and finding a match,” he said. “I guess that’s creative.”

 

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