Suspect in O.C. rapes arrested

Orange County Register (California)BYLINE: ANDREW GALVIN and, ELYSSE JAMESTustin, CAAli Achekzai, 32, formerly of Ladera Ranch, is held based on a DNA match.An Afghan man wanted in rape cases in Orange and San Diego counties ...

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DNA convicts Mo. man of rape 10 years after attack

The Associated Press State & Local WireKansas City, MOA Kansas City man has been convicted of raping an 81-year-old woman a decade ago in a case that prompted the Missouri Legislature to change state law to remove the statute...

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DNA evidence helps convict man of rape in 1999 attack

The Kansas City StarBYLINE: MARK MORRIS; The Kansas City StarKansas City, MOThe case against whoever raped 81-year-old Carol Cooper in 1999 originally was filed against an anonymous "John Doe," identifiable only by his DNA pr...

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Court OKs 'John Doe' warrants based only on DNA

The Bismarck TribuneSan Francisco, CASAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The California Supreme Court has authorized so-called "John Doe" arrest warrants that contain only a DNA profile of an unknown suspect.Police agencies are increasingly...

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Beer bottle DNA leads to burglary charge, police say

www.seacoastonline.comBYLINE: Elizabeth DinanLink to ArticleOne PicturePortsmouth, NHPORTSMOUTH — When Hung Nguyen burglarized a Winsor Road home two years ago, he left his DNA on a beer bottle, leading to his Thursday arrest...

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Unanalyzed Evidence in Law Enforcement Custody

United States Department of JusticeMore than 2,000 state and local law enforcement agencies responded to a survey [1] to: 1. Estimate the number of unsolved homicide, rape and property cases [2] nationwide that contain forens...

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Ensuring justice by securing the evidence

The Denver PostBYLINE: Susan Greene Denver Post ColumnistDenver, COClarence Moses-EL may spend the rest of his life behind bars as the face of a national problem that too long has gone ignored.From prison, the Colorado inmate...

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Council votes nearly $4 million for lawsuit settlements

Pittsburgh Tribune Review, Tribune Review Publishing CompanyBYLINE: Adam BrandolphPittsburgh, PAPittsburgh City Council yesterday approved spending nearly $4 million to settle civil lawsuits at its last meeting of the year. T...

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OSBI Files John Doe Warrant on 12-Year-Old Rape Case

www.newson6.comBYLINE: Colleen Chen, NEWS 9Link to ArticleLink to John Doe warrantOne PictureOne VideoOklahoma City, OKOSBI Works to Solve 1997 Rape Case of 85-Year-Old Woman[Picture Caption: Moena House, 85, was robbed then ...

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Gaps in DNA banks lead to tragedy

AP Enterprise: - KansasCity.comBYLINE: TODD RICHMOND, Associated Press WriterMilwaukee, ILDuring what police say was a 20-year killing spree in Milwaukee, Walter Ellis left his DNA behind all along the way - everywhere but th...

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EDITORIAL: Mary Pierce case shows keeping cold cases active is worth the effort

Greeley Tribune (Colorado)Weld County, CODec. 8 -- There's a reason there is no statute of limitations on murder cases, and we saw it last week in Weld County.An arrest was made in the murder of Mary Pierce, who was kidnapped...

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DNA: It's not just for homicides anymore It's solving burglaries elsewhere,

The Houston ChronicleBYLINE: By JAMES PINKERTON, HOUSTON CHRONICLE, , CObut HPD can't afford it, Hurtt says DNA: 'It's a resource issue'DNA IN DENVERDenver authorities have used DNA evidence to ...

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Mass. crime lab still lags in DNA testing

The Boston Globe, http://www.boston.com/globeBoston, MAThe Massachusetts State Police crime laboratory still lags in testing DNA samples connected to crimes, despite a critical report two years ago that led to the firing of s...

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SENATE PRESIDENT CODEY BILL WOULD AID VICTIMS WRONGFULLY IMPRISONED, PROVIDE INCREASED COMPENSATION

HT Media Ltd., Newswire, US State NewsTrenton, NJTRENTON, N.J., Nov. 23 -- The New Jersey State Seante Democrats issued the following news release:The Senate Judiciary Committee today approved bill S2205 sponsored by Senate P...

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'Six-year limit' on innocent DNA

news.bbc.co.ukLink to Articleone picturetwo videosUnited KingdomDNA profiles on a print-outThe database has helped solve 32,200 crimes - 0.7% of all crimeThe DNA of innocent people arrested in England and Wales should be held...

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Case where DNA cleared prisoner to get new look

Orlando Sentinel (Florida)BYLINE: John A. Torres, Florida TodayBrevard County, FLThe Brevard County Sheriff's Office has reopened a 1981 homicide investigation that put a man in prison for 27 years before DNA raised doubts ab...

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DNA testing

www.emporiagazette.comLink to ArticleBYLINE: Emerson Lynn Jr.KansasShould Kansas legislators be charged with murder because they failed to give law enforcement officials the information they needed to stop a murderer before h...

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Changes likely for new DNA bill;

The Columbus Dispatch (Ohio)BYLINE: Jim Siegel, THE COLUMBUS DISPATCHColumbus, OHPolice chiefs group, inmate advocates share concerns with House committeeA bill designed to improve access to DNA evidence and enhance felony in...

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Indicting DNA Profiles Now Critical in Old Rape Cases

The New York TimesBYLINE: By AL BAKER; Alain Delaqueriere contributed reporting.Manhattan, NYNearly 10 years had passed since a college student was raped on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, and with no known suspect in the 1...

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The DNA backlog;

The Post and Courier (Charleston, SC)BYLINE: GLENN SMITH, The Post and CourierColumbia, SCSLED crime lab unable to keep up with demandThe robber moved through York County like a one-man crime wave, shooting four people in a s...

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DNA Leads to Bakersfield Cold Case Arrest

www.kmjnow.comBYLINE: Margaret CarreroBakersfield, CAIt is yet another validation for modern DNA analysis - a disturbing cold case murder dating back nine years in Bakersfield has been broken wide open with the arrest of a su...

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HPD lab still has vast DNA backlog Evidence from more than 1,000 active rape cases is gathering dust despite scandal CRIME LAB:

The Houston ChronicleBYLINE: By JAMES PINKERTON, HOUSTON CHRONICLEHouston, TXBacklog stirs calls for a new facilitySeven years after the Houston Police Department crime lab scandal first broke, city officials acknowledged thi...

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Arrest made in St. Paul mutilation murder from '77

www.startribune.comBYLINE: ANTHONY LONETREE and PAUL WALSH, Star TribuneLink to Articleone photoone videoSt. Paul, MNA thumb print wasn't enough, but a recent DNA match from a scissors allowed police to charge a suspect in a ...

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State missing up to 12,000 DNA samples from felons

www.wfrv.comBYLINE: Angenette Levy - Bay, WIGREEN BAY (WFRV) - As many as 12,000 DNA samples from convicted felons were never submitted to Wisconsin's State Crime Lab for analysis and entry into t...

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DNA backlog delays cause frustration, concerns:

www.dailycomet.comBy Raymond Legendre, Staff WriterLink to Article (1 photo)Baton Rouge. LADetective Aaron Barnes demonstrates how Thibodaux Police lift fingerprints Friday inside a lab at the Thibodaux Police Station.THIBODA...

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DNA frees long-jailed man

The Miami HeraldBy PAULA McMAHON, Sun SentinelBroward County, FLAfter a quarter century, Anthony Caravella left jail after DNA testing cast serious doubt on his conviction in a murder.Anthony Caravella walked out of the Browa...

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Broward man cleared by DNA still in jail

The Miami HeraldBY PAULA McMAHON, Sun SentinelBroward County, FLAnthony Caravella is still in jail until the Florida Department of Children & Families approves his release.Anthony Caravella spent a second night in the Broward...

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Senate Judiciary Committee Hearing;

Federal Information and News Dispatch, Inc.Congressional Documents and PublicationsWashington, DC"Strengthening Forensic Science in the United States "; Testimony by Peter Neufeld, Co-Director, The Innocence Project, New York...

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"John Doe" warrant to be issued in Doña Ana rape

Las Cruces Sun-News (New Mexico)By Ashley Meeks Sun-News reporterLas Cruces, NMLAS CRUCES - A criminal "John Doe" warrant will be filed this week for the man suspected in a violent rape that took place under a bridge on the b...

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'John Doe' Warrant Issued in Violent Rape:

Albuquerque Journal (New Mexico)BYLINE: Bruce Daniels, Albuquerque Journal, N.M.Las Cruces, NMDNA profile recently completed for suspect in June 1 attack on Las Cruces woman.Sep. 9--A criminal "John Doe" warrant was filed thi...

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DNA to free man jailed for 26 years

The Miami HeraldBy PAULA McMAHON, Sun SentinelBroward County, FLAnthony Caravella, whose rape and murder conviction has been contradicted by DNA evidence, is scheduled to be released Wednesday.The Broward State Attorney's Off...

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DNA may free longtime inmate

The Miami HeraldBY PAULA McMAHON, Sun SentinelBroward County, FLTests eliminated a man convicted of rape and murder of being the source of DNA found on the victim. Prosecutors want to release him, at least temporarily.Broward...

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Newswire

City News ServiceLos Angeles, CAThe Los Angeles Police Department has cut its DNA testing backlog by more than half, and hopes to eliminate the backlog completely by July 2011, Deputy Chief Charles Beck told the Police Commis...

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Broken chain of evidence

The Star-Ledger (Newark, New Jersey)EDITORIALEssex County, NJMore than two decades have gone by since Essex County law enforcement officials gathered, and later misplaced, DNA that might exonerate Stephen Brooks in a rape he ...

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NJ judge orders search for evidence in '85 rape

The Associated Press State & Local WireBy DAVID PORTER, Associated Press WriterNewark, NJA Newark man imprisoned for more than two decades for a 1985 rape won a victory in court Monday when a judge ruled that state and local ...

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35-year-old murder case may be nearing an end:

The Salt Lake TribuneBy Nate CarlisleLink to Article Salt Lake City, UTBut ex-BYU student must say why and how he killed classmate.The man accused of murdering a Brigham Young University student in 1974 is "very likely" to pl...

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Police use DNA to arrest burglary suspect

Alamogordo Daily NewsBy Duane Barbati, Staff WriterLink to Article Alamogorodo, NMA 34-year-old Alamogordo man is being held on a $60,000 bail bond for alleged burglary after Alamogorodo Department of Public Safety officers u...

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NEW LAW ON STORING EVIDENCE PUTS STATE IN PACK RAT MODE

The Gazette (Colorado Springs, Colorado)BYLINE: PAM ZUBECK, Paso County, COA mandate that law enforcement agencies keep evidence that "may contain" DNA in felony crimes is creating a storage and track...

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DNA tracked to Auburn burglary helped crack South Park murder case

www.Auburn~Reporter.comLink to ArticleAuburn, WAScientists at the Washington State Patrol’s crime laboratory celebrated the 1000th hit by the agency’s statewide DNA tracking system. The milestone match came in a high-profile ...

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DNA evidence leads to arrest in 3-year-old burglary

eagletribune.comBYLINE: Marc Fortier - , MALONDONDERRY — A man police say broke into a Nashua Road gas station 31 years ago was arrested last week based on DNA evidence recovered at the scene...

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Lack of DNA storage space becomes challenge for law agencies

Hattiesburg AmericanBYLINE: JIMMIE E. GATESHattiesburg, MSLocal law enforcement agencies say they lack both the space and expertise to store DNA evidence that a new state law requires them to preserve.The law that went into e...

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Local law enforcement officials applaud new Missouri DNA legislation

Herald-WhigBYLINE: RODNEY HART, Herald-Whig Staff WriterMissouriGov. Jay Nixon signed legislation Thursday allowing Missouri police to take DNA samples along with booking photos and fingerprints when they make arrests.The leg...

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Police used DNA from a hat dropped by a Waterloo robbery suspect to make an arrest.

Associated PressWaterloo, IAWaterloo police say 17-year-old Jamar Wise of Waterloo was arrested Thursday and charged with first-degree robbery in the robbery of a Kwik Stop convenience store last November.Police say three mal...

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St. Paul police find first DNA match solving a cold case

St. Paul Pioneer Press (Minnesota)BYLINE: Maricella MirandaSt. Paul, MNDale Heinhold picked up a homeless man 20 years ago, took him to his St. Paul house, bought him pizza and beer, and offered him help. That night, the home...

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Shouldn't Fear New DNA Law

Washington, MOOn Thursday Missouri joined 15 other states and the federal government in requiring DNA samples be taken from those arrested for certain crimes. Most states, including Missouri, were already collecting DNA from ...

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Charge filed in unsolved 2003 burglary based on DNA profile

The Sheboygan (Wisconsin)BYLINE: Eric Litke, Sheboygan Press staffSheboygan, WIProsecutors have used a DNA profile to file charges in an unsolved burglary from six years ago, side-stepping the statute of limitations in the fi...

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DNA cold-case pilot to launch

Ventura County Star (California)Ventura Co., CAThursday, the House of Representatives, at the request of U.S. Rep. Elton Gallegly, approved a $570,000 pilot project for a specialized unit in the District Attorney's Office ded...

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DNA solves old burglary, cops say

St. Tammany bureauBy Jeff AdelsonSlidell, LASlidell police wrapped up a 5-year-old burglary case this week when they were able to match DNA samples taken during the investigation to a suspect, authorities said Friday. In July...

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Facts on Post-Conviction DNA Exonerations

The Jacksonville Free Press (Florida)Jacksonville, FLUnvalidated or Improper Forensic Science played a role in approximately 50 percent of wrongful convictions later overturned by DNA testing. While DNA testing was developed ...

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Evidence room containing guns, drugs, fetuses, was mismanaged

Asbury Park Press (New Jersey)BYLINE: Sheila McLaughlinMiddletown, NJHundreds of thousands of dollars in cash was lying around. Crack cocaine, marijuana and other drugs from criminal cases were tossed haphazardly in a metal b...

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