Recent Developments in the Forensic Sciences

Office of the Deputy Attorney General

Forensic science is generally dated to Hans Gross’ Handbuch für Untersuchungsrichter, Polizeibeamte, Gendarmen (Handbook for Magistrates, police officials, military policemen), which was published in 1893, although forensic medicine and forensic toxicology are much older. Edmond Locard established the first crime laboratory in 1910 in Lyon, France.

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Judges, lawyers want to fix bail system to keep poor out of jail

Star Tribune

Mary Ellen Heng doesn’t think a bank account should dictate how long someone spends in jail. Yet throughout her career, the deputy Minneapolis city attorney has repeatedly seen exactly that: people lingering in Hennepin County jail because they can’t afford a $78 bail.

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Inaccurate leads from IP addresses prompt police to serve warrants on innocent people

ABA Journal

On the morning of March 30, 2016, David Robinson and his partner, Jan Bultmann, were starting their day when six Seattle police officers knocked on their door with a search warrant. The police thought Robinson was trafficking child pornography.

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Student sexting a ‘growing problem,’ in middle and high schools, leading to legislation, Suffolk District Attorney Dan Conley says

Gintautas Dumcius

Sexting – the sending of sexually explicit messages via text message — is a “growing problem” in middle schools and high schools, leading to the need for legislation that could curb it, a top prosecutor said Tuesday. “We see it all the time,” Suffolk County District Attorney Dan Conley said at a press conference unveiling the legislation aimed at cracking down on sexting and closing a “revenge porn” gap in Massachusetts law.

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Gun bill pulled from legislative agenda; will return in 2018 with compromises, senator says

OWH May 16, 2017

A major gun-rights bill won’t return for more debate this year in the Nebraska Legislature, but the sponsoring senator said he will try again in 2018.

State Sen. Mike Hilgers of Lincoln said Monday he has nearly worked out compromises to address some concerns of law enforcement authorities and city officials that the bill would end local gun-control ordinances they consider necessary for public safety.

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While fighting lawsuit, Facebook introduces new tools to identify ‘revenge porn’

ABA Journal

Social media giant Facebook will use technology to automatically stop users from uploading images known to be “revenge porn,” the Washington Post (https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-switch/wp/2017/04/05/facebook-takes-new-steps-to-stop-revenge-pornimages-from-spreading/) and CNN (http://money.cnn.com/2017/04/05/technology/facebook-revenge-porn/) reported Wednesday. “Revenge porn” images are nude or sexual photos posted online without the consent of those pictured.

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Sneed exclusive: Social media factors into crime-fighting plan

Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx has a wish list to fight crime in Chicago.

And deciphering the scourge side of social media is on the list.

Sneed is told Foxx sent the list via a letter to U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions late last week in hopes of snagging Trump regime resources to combat the violence crippling “the Chicago region.”

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Legislature gives murder witnesses some protection by shielding their identity

Herald/Times Tallahassee

With overwhelming support from the Florida Senate on Thursday, a proposal that affords new protections for murder witnesses — heavily inspired by ongoing gun violence in Miami-Dade County — will go to Gov. Rick Scott’s desk and possibly become law. HB 111 passed the Senate by a 34-3 vote, similar to the near-unanimous show of support the bill received in the House late last month.

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34 States Have Changed Laws on Policing in Two Years

Crime and Justice News

A new report (http://vera.us8.list-manage.com/track/click? u=6542df2be696ba0ea2f17b66a&id=1edebdc1f3&e=0516672a69)  from the Vera Institute of Justice says there has been a “significant uptick in states’ actions around policing, including clarifying and improving policies around use-of-force and misconduct cases and improving tracking of police operations around the use of body-worn cameras.” Thirty-four states and the District of Columbia made at least 79 changes to their laws on policing in the last two years, compared with fewer than 20 bills total in the prior three years.

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How Seattle police, local prosecutors address and investigate hate crimes

Evan Bush Seattle Times

In a classroom spotted with colorful hijabs, Seattle police Detective Beth Wareing stands in front of whiteboard and asks the group of 25 refugees what the police were like in the countries they emigrated from.

“From what I’ve heard, police are not the people you call for help,” she says.

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