02.01.2019

Man evades capture for 15 years by using fingerprint implants

‘He’d used very sophisticated methods to alter the fingerprints of both hands,’ a police spokesperson said. Photograph: Roger Tooth/The Guardian

Drug trafficker who cut and burned skin to insert implants arrested near Madrid

01.24.2019

Maryland Bill Proposes Curbing Forensic Genealogy

Photo credit: Opponents of the bill banning forensic genealogy testify at a Maryland legislative hearing on Tuesday. From left: Capt. Michael Wahl of the Montgomery County Police Department; Major Ross Passman, of the Anne Arundel County Police; Steve Armentrout, CEO of Parabon NanoLabs; and John Fitzgerald, chief of the Chevy Chase Police Department. (Screengrab courtesy of Md. Legislature)

 

Forensic genealogy to identify criminal offenders through GEDmatch and related databases would be prohibited in Maryland, according to the intent of a new bill pending in that state's legislature.

12.07.2018

Judge in Joe Bryan Case Rejects Defense Pleas for New Trial

Photo credit:  Joe Bryan in the Texas State Penitentiary at Huntsville. (Katie Campbell/ProPublica)


Texas’ highest criminal court will now decide the fate of Bryan, a former high school principal who has been in prison for 31 years for the murder of his wife, Mickey. A forensic expert who testified against him has admitted his conclusions in the case were wrong.
by Pamela Colloff

Dec. 6, 5:32 p.m. EST

10.10.2018

This Test Can Detect Four Drugs With Just a Fingerprint

The British company Intelligent Fingerprinting has shown that its non-invasive fingerprint drug test can yield results comparable to blood tests in just 10 minutes.

10.09.2018

Fingerprint drug screen test works on the living and deceased

A revolutionary drug test can detect amphetamines, cannabis, cocaine and opiates from the sweat of single fingerprint sample in just 10 minutes. The research shows that the technology works on both the living and deceased.

10.08.2018

New Evidence That a Man Convicted of Murdering His Wife May Be Innocent

An influential state commission issued a highly critical assessment on Friday of a second key player in the murder conviction of Joe Bryan, saying a Texas Department of Public Safety crime lab chemist had “overstated findings, exceeded her expertise and engaged in speculation” when she testified in 1989.

09.25.2018

Credibility of former firearms expert questioned at hearing

In a Tuesday evidentiary hearing in a cold case murder investigation, the defense focused on the professional credibility and integrity of a former Delaware State Police forensic firearms examiner facing an unrelated trial next month for allegedly falsifying his time sheets in 2016 and 2017.

09.20.2018

Crime lab sleuths could help solve rash of Puget Sound shootings

Police departments have been scrambling to keep up with all the shootings around the Puget Sound area over the past week. Some departments may send evidence left behind by the shooters to the Washington State Patrol crime lab - evidence that's almost as valuable as a fingerprint.

09.17.2018

Blood-Spatter Expert in Joe Bryan Case Says “My Conclusions Were Wrong"

The expert whose testimony was key to Bryan’s conviction for his wife’s 1985 murder says he now believes that some of his techniques were incorrect. His admission comes as a judge considers whether Bryan, whose case was the subject of a ProPublica and New York Times Magazine investigation, should get a new trial.

07.24.2018

He Has Spent Three Decades in Prison. Now Experts Dispute the Evidence

An influential state commission said the blood-spatter analysis used to convict a former Texas high school principal of murdering his wife in 1985 was “not accurate or scientifically supported” and the expert who testified was “entirely wrong.”

05.31.2018

Blood Will Tell: Part 2 Did Faulty Evidence Doom Joe Bryan?

Joe Bryan has spent the past three decades in prison for the murder of his wife, a crime he claims he didn’t commit. His conviction rested largely on ‘bloodstain-pattern analysis’ — a technique still in use throughout the criminal-justice system, despite concerns about its reliability. Should this type of forensic science remain in the courtroom?

05.23.2018

Blood Will Tell: Part 1 Who Killed Mickey Bryan?

When Mickey Bryan, a fourth-grade teacher, was murdered one night in 1985, her small-town Texas neighbors were shocked. When her husband, Joe, the beloved high school principal, was charged with murder, they were stunned. Could he possibly have done it, they wondered, or had there been a terrible mistake? Is Joe Bryan an innocent man, wrongfully imprisoned for the past 30 years on the basis of faulty forensic science?