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Tribune staff reporterFour of the nation's top arson experts have concluded that the state of Texas executed a man in 2004 based on scientifically invalid evidence, and on Tuesday they called for an official reinvestigation of the case. In their report, the experts, assembled...
Tags: Punishment, Texas, Trials, Death, Crimes
Special to The TimesMY MATERNAL grandmother had Alzheimer's disease. Before she died, she forgot our names, our faces and, eventually, how to speak and think.But my grandfather's heartbreak was the most painful to witness. I remember watching the two of them on the sofa...
Tribune staff reportersA Kane County judge has ordered a new trial for a man serving 45 years in prison for murder after finding a "grave question of reliability" about a lip print used to link him to the crime. Judge Timothy Sheldon wrote this week that Lavelle Davis,...
Tags: Assault, Police Investigations, Sex Crimes, Prisons, Trials
Los Angeles Times Staff WriterAccountants, computer experts and fraud investigators have risen to the forefront of the new war against terrorism. Though physical targets are difficult to identify, federal officials realized that the flow of money to terrorists is a key...
The Hartford CourantDetectives searched an apartment Friday in the desperate hope they'd find evidence to catch the killer of 20-year-old Susan LaRosa. Twenty-seven years after the mother of three was killed, investigators sought some sign of what happened to her, putting...
Hartford Courant staff writerSetting the stage for another congressional debate over its policies, the insurance industry said Wednesday it opposes legislation that would prohibit the use of genetic information to deny Americans health insurance. "We do not need additional...
Tribune Staff WritersA supervisor at the Illinois State Police crime lab gave false testimony in nine cases, including trials that resulted in wrongful rape convictions of three Chicago men, according to an analysis by a leading forensic expert for a lawsuit against the...
Tags: Sex Crimes, Health, Punishment, Court Preliminary, Crimes
Tribune staff reportersIn exonerating scores of prisoners in recent years, new DNA testing has turned an unflattering light on a whole array of forensic evidence. Two of the oldest disciplines have responded to the challenge in dramatically different ways. The pressure...
Tags: Research, University of Illinois at Chicago, Death, FBI, Crimes
Tribune staff reportersSettling into the witness chair of a Kane County courtroom, Stephen McKasson tutored jurors in a murder trial on the wonders of a rarely used divining tool: lip prints. The Illinois State Police crime lab examiner told them forensic science accepts...
Tribune staff reporterThelma Younkin used an oxygen tube to help her breathe. Her killer used it as a murder weapon. In November 1991, the frail, 65-year-old Younkin was strangled with the tube, bitten and raped in her room at the Post Park Motel along a grim stretch of...
Tribune staff reportersTop FBI fingerprint examiners gave in to peer pressure when they rushed to link an Oregon lawyer to a terrorist attack in Madrid this year, according to a panel of forensic experts convened to explain the highest-profile mistake in the history of modern...
Northeast MagazineIt's not exactly your typical professor's office. With photos of bloody bodies scattered about the room, it resembles a crime scene. And appropriately so. Ask the CSI neophytes at the University of New Haven who's dishing them the tricks of the trade,...
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