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Forensic MagazineWed Apr 26 07:27:46 EDT 2017

Some 8,000 Nevada Inmates Are Not in CODIS—How Many Cold Cases Will Their DNA Solve?
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About 8,000 Nevada inmates are not in CODIS or other DNA databases, due to a loophole in Nevada law. These inmates were locked up before standard genetic collection began in the 1990s, and the law was never enforced retroactively. Efforts are underway currently to get the prisoners into the DNA collection databases.
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Sons of Man Executed for Lake Waco Murders Sue Texas
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The surviving sons of David Spence, who was convicted and sentenced to death for two of the three homicides that made up the 1982 Lake Waco Murders, have filed a lawsuit against the State of Texas. Jason and Joel Spence claim their father and the other three suspects in the case were all innocent.
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Stephen Adams, KCEN
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Former Utah Crime Lab Scientist Sentenced to Prison for Sexually Abusing Two Children
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A former state forensic scientist was sentenced Monday to spend up to life behind bars for sexually abusing two children. Michael Hepworth, 55, was given the maximum sentence for each of the five counts and will serve the sentences concurrently.
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Pamela Manson, The Salt Lake Tribune
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Fines Nickel-and-Dime the Accused in U.S., Study Says
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Court fines, fees, surcharges and even the interest on unpaid penalties have been nickel-and-diming those arrested for crimes in the United States for decades. But the impact on the wallets of the accused and convicted has been disproportionate across America, according to a new academic report.
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Medical Examiner Battles with Railroad for Video of Washington Train Death
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Video of a man hit and killed by a train in Puyallup, Washington has led to a dispute between the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway and Pierce County Medical Examiner Thomas Clark. Clark said his investigators need a copy of the video to determine the manner of death.
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Alexis Krell, The News Tribune

Justices Weigh Defendants' Right to Own Mental Health Expert
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The Supreme Court seemed closely divided Monday about whether an Alabama death row inmate should get a new sentencing hearing because he did not have a mental health expert on his side when he was tried and sentenced to death more than 30 years ago.
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Mark Sherman, Associated Press

Police Search for Missing Boy in California; Father Arrested
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Police in Southern California on Sunday finished their search of a park where the passed-out father of a missing 5-year-old boy was found over the weekend and are asking for anyone with information to come forward.
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Associated Press
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Baton Rouge DA, Innocence Project Tangle Over Missing Evidence in Rape Case
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A nonprofit legal aid group is trying to re-open the books on a decades-old Baton Rouge rape conviction by tracking evidence for DNA testing. However, several items, including the rape kit, have disappeared from the evidence record since the 1980s.
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Steve Hardy, The Advocate

Russian Man Sentenced to 27 Years in U.S. Cybercrime Case
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A federal judge on Friday handed down the longest sentence ever imposed in the U.S. for a cybercrime case to the son of a member of the Russian Parliament convicted of hacking into more than 500 U.S. businesses and stealing millions of credit card numbers, which he then sold on special websites.
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Martha Bellisle, Associated Press
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DNA Technology Could Be Used to Identify Lost Australian Soldiers
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Australian scientists are using specialist DNA technology to identify the remains of soldiers dating back to World War I. Bone fragments from 10 soldiers who served in France and Papua New Guinea are being tested in a process that until now was impossible due to the age and condition of the remains.
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Nicole Chettle, Australian Broadcasting Corporation
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Drones Used for First Time in Major Search at Grand Canyon
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The desperate effort this week to find two hikers who disappeared at the bottom of the Grand Canyon represented the National Park Service's most extensive use yet of drones in a search-and-rescue mission. The Grand Canyon is the only national park with its own fleet of unmanned aircraft for locating people.
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Astrid Galvan, Associated Press

Tennessee Sheriff Admits Soliciting Sex from Inmates for Cigarettes, Visitation
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A Tennessee sheriff admitted to soliciting sex from inmates in his jail in exchange for cigarettes, extra visitation and trips out from behind bars, according to federal authorities. Charles Cravens, 47, pleaded guilty to four counts related to the solicitation from three female inmates.
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Tennessee Bill Would Boost Use of NamUs
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While most unidentified bodies are meticulously added the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System (NamUs), only a fraction of people who disappear are ever added. One Tennessee bill, if signed into law, would require authorities to enter every missing person into NamUS along with dental records.
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FDA Formally Blocks Shipment of Execution Drugs to Texas
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Yesterday, the FDA under the Trump administration formally blocked the shipment of thousands of vials of sodium thiopental, an anesthetic now banned in the U.S., that was headed to Texas and Arizona from India for the purpose of executions.
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‘Brain Fingerprinting’ Has Crime-solving Potential for New Zealand, Pilot Study Finds
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Forensic brainwave analysis—or “brain fingerprinting”—could add a revolutionary new dimension to criminal investigations in New Zealand, a NZ Law Foundation-backed research project has found. Brain fingerprinting measures involuntary brainwave responses that reveal whether a person recognizes particular information.
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University of Canterbury

Gunfire Sensors Credited with Quick Arrest in Fresno Rampage
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Acoustic sensors mounted on lampposts and telephone poles picked up the crack of gunfire and rapidly enabled police to zero in on where it was coming from. Within minutes, the alleged gunman in the deadly rampage was under arrest.
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Scott Smith, Associated Press
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Missing Tennessee Student Found with Teacher in California
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After being missing for more than a month, a 15-year-old Tennessee girl was found Thursday near a cabin in a remote part of northern California and Tad Cummins, the 50-year-old teacher accused of kidnapping her, was arrested, authorities said.
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Sheila Burke, Associated Press

Ohio Man Pleads Guilty to Circulating Jihadi ‘Kill List’ of Military Members
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An Ohio man pleaded guilty to circulating a “kill list” of U.S. military members—calling for jihadi violence on American soil. Terrence J. McNeil, 24, will face 15-20 years in federal prison for reposting the solicitations of violence on Tumblr.
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Justices: Colorado Policy on Court Fees Unconstitutional
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The Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that Colorado's practice of not automatically refunding court fees and other costs to people convicted of crimes but later exonerated violates the Constitution. The 7-1 decision sided with two people whose convictions for sexual offenses were later thrown out.
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Associated Press
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Facial Reconstruction of 1989 Ohio John Doe Released
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The facial reconstruction of a man whose skeletal remains were found more than 27 years ago were released Wednesday by the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Justice. The man, found on July 19, 1989, is believed to have been murdered.
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The Marion Star
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