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There's DNA in That Weed You're Smoking, and People Are Tracking Itnew

Researchers map dope DNA to help with busts and monitoring use of federal land for growing pot.
Hartford Advocate  |  Gregory B. Hladky  |  11-16-2011  |  Drugs

Connecticut Tackles the DNA Questionnew

Connecticut is one of 29 states that doesn't collect DNA at the time of arrest for felonies. Attorney General Richard Blumenthal, among others, would like to see that changed.
New Haven Advocate  |  Daniel D'Ambrosio  |  11-17-2009  |  Crime & Justice

Seattle's Swordsman of Semen Detection Doesn't Care for His New Competitionnew

Snooping through your partner's undies has become big business, and Bradley Holmes, the self-proclaimed father of the in-home semen-detection industry is disappointed in his offspring -- in part because they are giving him competition.
Seattle Weekly  |  Vernal Coleman  |  06-15-2009  |  Business & Labor

How Many Innocent People Has Harris County, Texas, Sent to Prison?new

Texas has experienced 34 DNA exonerations -- more than any other state -- and "these compounding exonerations," as State Senator Rodney Ellis says, "are clear and convincing evidence that our criminal justice system is broken."
Houston Press  |  Randall Patterson  |  10-15-2008  |  Crime & Justice

Ronald Hinton May Have Confessed to Rape and Murder, but Did He Really Do It?new

The confession of Hinton, who was convicted of raping a murdering a child, outweighed indications that he might not have done it.
Baltimore City Paper  |  Van Smith  |  08-05-2008  |  Crime & Justice

DNA Has All but Cleared Bill Dillon of a 27-Year-Old Murder; The State Doesn't Seem to Carenew

Add the recent DNA exoneration to all the problems associated with his farce of a trial nearly three decades ago, and one has to wonder why Bill Dillon still sits in state prison.
Orlando Weekly  |  Deanna Morey  |  07-31-2008  |  Crime & Justice

One Exoneree Finds Purpose in Advocacy, Closure in ID of Perpnew

Ken Wyniemko spent nearly a decade behind bars for a rape. His most pressing concern was surviving. His second was proving his innocence. He succeeded at both.
Metro Times  |  Sandra Svoboda  |  07-08-2008  |  Crime & Justice

DNA Points to Perp in Rape for Which Wrong Man Did Timenew

Five years ago, Ken Wyniemko was released from the Michigan prison system, exonerated after a decade behind bars for a rape that DNA evidence concluded he did not commit. On Wednesday, police confirmed that a match has been made to the DNA collected at the scene of the 1994 Macomb County rape for which Wyniemko was arrested, convicted and incarcerated.
Metro Times  |  Sandra Svoboda  |  07-01-2008  |  Crime & Justice

Paul House is Being Retried for a Murder that DNA Says He Didn't Commitnew

Rather than acknowledge defeat -- never mind admitting error -- the very same prosecutor who tried House for capital murder 23 years ago announced he was going to take one more shot at convicting the ailing man for murder. But this time, he'd have to come up with a different motive, given that the theory he argued the first time -- that House killed to cover up rape -- had been shredded by the emergence of scientific evidence.
Nashville Scene  |  Sarah Kelley  |  06-27-2008  |  Crime & Justice

UNLV Prof Questions Science Behind Finding African Ancestorsnew

Rainier Spencer, the founder and director of UNLV's Afro-American Studies Program, thinks programs offering to link American blacks to their African lineage through DNA (for a fee) are a black-on-black rip-off, since they commercialize a promise they can't truly keep.
Las Vegas Weekly  |  Damon Hodge  |  05-02-2008  |  Race & Class

Deconstructing the DNA of a Pulitzer Finalistnew

Critics raise questions regarding an impressive Denver Post series shortly after it's named a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize.
Westword  |  Michael Roberts  |  04-07-2008  |  Media

Life After DNA Exonerationnew

After 27 years in prison, DNA exoneree Charles Chatman tries to pick up the pieces and catch up with a world that has left him behind.
Dallas Observer  |  Megan Feldman  |  02-12-2008  |  Crime & Justice

DNA Test Will Show if Texas Executed an Innocent Mannew

One strand of hair found on the counter of an East Texas liquor store whose owner was gunned down in 1989 could help determine whether Texas executed an innocent man for the killing -- a judge has ordered the hair not be destroyed as the Observer and the Innocence Project push for DNA testing.
The Texas Observer  |  David Pasztor  |  09-24-2007  |  Crime & Justice

Prosecution Witness Put Under the Microscope

Joyce Gilchrist was the star forensic witness for Oklahoma County prosecutors. She sent hundreds of people to jail -- several on death row, some already executed. But a case before the Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals sheds light on what some called "Black Magic."
Oklahoma Gazette  |  Scott Cooper  |  03-09-2005  |  Crime & Justice

Forensic Pathologists Work to Solve Mystery of Human Remainsnew

No one ever thinks their bones are going to come to rest in a ditch by the highway, or in the pit of an outhouse. But it happens. And when it does, the bones begin a second journey.
Missoula Independent  |  Andy Smetanka  |  06-01-2004  |  Science

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