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A look at this quarter's content in The Forensic Examiner, the official journal of the American College of Forensic Examiners Institute published by Dr. Robert O'Block.
Pain Reliever or Poison?
The Battle of Accounting Expert Witnesses: Judges Can Be Harsh
Bullet Trajectories: Misidentifying Bullet Trajectories in Reconstruction
A Tale of Two Countries:
Litigation Support and the Forensic Accountant: Assembling a Defensible Report
Dollhouses of Death: Frances Glessner Lee and the Nutshell Dioramas
Search Dogs are Best Friends to the Lost
Caretaker Cruelty: Munchausen's and Beyond
Forensic Science in San Diego
Prosecutor, Forensic Experts Take Heat for Mississippi ‘Disaster’
Books by ACFEI Members
The Forensic Examiner is published by The American College of Forensic Examiners Institute and Dr. Robert O'Block.
The American College of Forensic Examiners Institute:
Science, Integrity, Justice
The Forensic Examiner Creed
I do affirm that:
- I shall investigate for the truth.
- I shall report only the truth.
- I shall avoid conflicts of advocacies.
- I shall always seek objectivity.
- I shall conduct myself ethically.
- I shall seek to preserve the highest standard of my profession.
- As a Forensic Examiner, I shall not have a monetary interest in any outcome of a matter in which I am retained.
- I shall share my knowledge and experience with other examiners in a professional manner.
- I shall avoid conflicts of interest and will continue my professional development throughout my career through continuing education, seminars, and other studies.
- As a Forensic Examiner, I will express my expert opinion based only upon my knowledge, skill, education, training, and experience.
- The light of knowledge shall guide me to the truth and with justice the truth shall prevail.
To all these things, I affirm to uphold.
Daily Forensic News Links
Added January 2, 2009
New forensics lab planned in Tulsa
Apology not enough for wrongly convicted
1 convicted in Fort Dix plot case wants new trial
Baloney Ballistics: Gun databases fail
Agencies search area where skull found
Carbon County Man Arrested for 16 Arsons
Muslim hackers attack Israeli Web sites as Gaza strikes continue
Added December 23, 2008
Does the Internet Need its Own Police Force?
Second child porn trial for Internet crimes task force ends in conviction
Texas woman charged with 2004 murder of Columbia man
2 men die in bitter cold
Facial recognition software gives Pierce County help in tough cases
Man cleared of rape by DNA is pardoned
Bizarre details of teen slaying trickle out
Added December 19, 2008
Hurtt says officers did no wrong to Rachell
New task force begins hunt for killer in Jeff Davis homicides
Innocence Project asks state cops for DNA probe at city crime lab
Delusional, depraved, terrifying: a murderer to match the Ripper - Robert Napper
Body of Evidence
DA: Charges suggest 3rd serial killer stalked LA
Mistakes that convicted innocent babysitter
Added December 18, 2008
Girl To Stand Trial For Murdering Mother After Scary Message Found on Cellphone
FBI investigating deaths of Lodge Pole couple
The rising domestication of DNA evidence
FBI gets malfunctioning video; four in custody identified
The sixth sense: Marianna hunch was crucial to Pressly case
Schizophrenic Robert Napper admits killing Rachel Nickell
Threatening note found in WIU's Malpass Library
Added December 17, 2008
Police Say 1981 Murder Of Adam Walsh Is Solved
Stepmom sentenced in death of toddler
Woman guilty of murder in girl's death
Forensic Pathologist: Ani Rose Stabbed Dozens of Times
Determining cause of child's death could take weeks, coroner says
Psychologist: Petric spoke about shooting parents before killing
Crime lab: State must modernize investigations
Added December 16, 2008
Highway Patrol crime lab opens
Woman guilty of having sex with teen foster son
Rise in forensic studies
Fingerprints reveal more than identity
Bones on balcony: did husband do it?
Vietnam vets finally to be laid to rest
Deming teen charged in shooting death of high school student
Added December 15, 2008
Closing arguments to begin in Fort Dix plot trial
DNA, crime lab proposals headed to Miss. lawmakers
Criminal Profiler Pat Brown Discusses the Casey Anthony Case
DNA test: Blood samples from same source in Richland go-cart death
Showdown over DNA lab reflects national debate
DNA evidence awaits, but signs point to child's ID
The Prosecution of Julie Amero
Added December 12, 2008
After his murder case is dropped, Bill Dillon seeks $1.35M from Florida
Dallas man exonerated through DNA testing reflects on newfound freedom
Remains could bolster case against Casey Anthony
Robots speed up forensic testing
Forensic accountants risk breeching privacy rules, say legal experts
Former Arlington Heights man gets 80 years for double murders
Forensic pathologist describes baby's injuries
Added December 11, 2008
Man says ex-landlord used NASA computer to ruin his credit
The Computer Fraud Act: Bending a Law to Fit a Notorious Case
Sheriff’s deal may speed up DNA tests
Will man, 91, go on trial?
April Rhoten Gets 18 Years For Plotting To Kill Her Father
DNA evidence may solve 1985 slaying of college student
Executions and Death Sentences in United States Dropped in 2008, Report Finds
Added December 10, 2008
Thousands of Human Bone Pieces Found in Argentine Jail
Forensic Hypnosis: A Tool of the Trade
Panel: Change Va. DNA notice
Morgue field trip too 'CSI'
Audit questions Greece schools project, former chief's cell phone bills
Cold case team gets first arrest
Ineffective Law Enforcement, Bad Economy Fueling Cybercrime
Added December 8, 2008
Justice delayed: Lab backlog an outrage
Woman killed over car stereo
Inside The Police Crime Scene Unit
Detectives hope holidays will unravel mysteries surrounding two homicide victims found in Santa Cruz Mountains
TV cop shows like CSI help real criminals: Aussie expert
Life of Lake Elsinore man convicted in 2002 slaying could hinge on mental state
Woman's airport disappearance, death haunts family
Added December 5, 2008
How to improve cybersecurity: Ask hackers
Forensic Computer Device Allows Investigators Immediate Access to Critical Data Without Waiting for Processing or Forensic Lab Examination
John Clayton Corley gets life in mental hospital
Missing ballots: Franken wants forensic search
Judge spurns Newarker's bid for a new murder trial
Coroner to hold rare inquest
Knapp to stand trial in Bay City slaying
Added December 4, 2008
Murder suspect killed himself in jail, coroner says
Southaven Court Clerk Charged with Embezzlement
Mt. Pleasant Township woman disputes evidence in Fayette crash
On eve of Stenson's canceled execution, lawyers argue over DNA
Crime-fighting technology spots trouble
Businesses urged to devise digital-forensics plans
County supervisor accused of hiding land, business deals
Added December 3, 2008
Remains are missing Allouez woman, Areerat Chuprevich
Crime Lab Busy with Body Identifications
How forensic science caught Tobin
Prime time pushes trend in crime forensics
Body of elderly woman found frozen
The Julie Amero Case: A Dangerous Farce
Delaware County Receives Funds For Computer Forensics Training
Added December 2, 2008
November was deadliest month of '08
Vicky trial told of lack of evidence behind case
Forensic Medicine Important to Solving Crime
Double murder trial nears
Rare illness takes baby
Bolivar woman’s body found under bridge on Rt. KK; coroner says autopsy results ‘inconclusive’
Trial of defendant in execution-style killing to start over
Added December 1, 2008
Convenience comes with some risks
After Arkansas court OKs DNA test, evidence lost
Head Detective: Here's How the "Mind Hunter" Profiles Killers
Hearing this week on whether man was wrongfully convicted
Austin police using DNA to solve thefts
Winterbottom sentenced: Three to nine years for theft from North Fork Parish Outreach
Added November 26, 2008
Computer techs download private investigation drama
Felony charges dropped against teacher in porn/spyware case
Man to be freed amid questions about crime lab analysis
Jury hears grizzly details of N.J. teen's killing
Tyler Attorney Disbarred After Taking $60K from Client
Competency ruling delayed for man accused in child sex assault
DNA Frees Wrongfully Convicted Oneida County Man
Added November 25, 2008
Why Examination Protocols Are Problematic
Poland exhumes wartime leader's body for DNA tests
San Benito High School teacher accused of sexually assaulting student
Murderer Smithson gets life without parole
The Suicide Bed: A Cover-Up At Western State Mental Hospital
DNA on cigarette links area man to 1988 rapes
Illinois Institute of Technology student died from inhaling nitrous oxide
Added November 24, 2008
The mobile device Investigator's Toolbox
Murder plan revealed online
Daughter defends mother in Internet hoax trial
Cold Case: ‘Did my son take somebody else's bullet?'
Expert sees ‘real’ world of forensics
Uniontown woman charged in 'Baby Mary' death
Teen's dad, expert: Viewers of webcast suicide played role
Added November 21, 2008
Drew on Trial: Tina Meier testifies in cyberbullying case
Five Essential Computer Forensics Tools
Coroner: Teacher had drugs in system
Psychologist: Man accused of shooting suffered from depression
DeLeon found guilty in 2006 assault
Scientists say Copernicus' remains, grave found
Forensics link accused to woman's murder
Added November 20, 2008
'America's Most Wanted' Murder Case To Be Investigated By Pioneering UK Forensic Scientist
Fate of 1984 killer to be handed to jurors
Kimball performs forensic audit
Baltimore teen charged in her grandmother's death after argument
Forensics Underfoot: Shoeprint Evidence Gets the Google Treatment
Ex-Penn professor gets 5-10 years in wife's 2006 death
Man on trial for alleged forced sex by contract
A message from Dr. Robert O'Block
“The field of forensics is so important to the American way of life; forensic professionals dedicate their careers to ensuring that crimes are solved, justice is upheld, and the truth is uncovered. Forensics has a dramatic impact on society, and most American citizens will be directly impacted by forensic science and investigation at some time in their lives. I am particularly proud of the American College of Forensic Examiners Institute and The Forensic Examiner® for the contributions they make to the advancement and continuous development of the diverse forensic fields.”
Robert O’Block, MDiv, PhD, PsyD, DMin, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of the American College of Forensic Examiners Institute
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Chain Of Custody
A system used to keep track of who handles a piece of evidence and why. Every link in the chain is documented, from the discovery of the item at the crime scene, right through to court. If the chain of custody is broken at any point, the evidence is inadmissible, and therefore useless.
News Links by Forensic Science Subject
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A Forensic Examiner is a professional who conducts forensic examinations in any of the forensic science fields.
Bodies found in storage unit were children
Arrest reopens mystery of missing Calif. couple
New Field Of Research Could Help Police In Crime Scene Forensics
A Forensic Pathologist is a medical professional who specializes in determining the cause of death. A coroner is a forensic pathologist.
Officials work to ID remains from helicopter crash
Human bones found on roadside in Cost: Remains of unidentified young woman were scattered
Human foot is found on shores of Lake Huron
A Forensic Medical Investigator is a medical professional trained to handle investigations involving medical science and the law.
DHS paternity goof haunts Tulsa man
Heart screening could save lives
Medical Examiner Identifies Washed-Up Body As Missing Swimmer
A Forensic Consultant is a professional who is available to provide consultation involving forensic science. The consultant often appears as an expert witness in court proceedings.
Intact coffin offers hope in search for new evidence
Death at state facility now requires autopsy
Family sues Sharp Grossmont Hospital
A Forensic Nurse is a nursing professional trained to give treatment and gather evidence in matters relating to the law.
NYC introduces new forensic tool in rape cases
A Test of Justice for Rape Victims
Child care worker accused of abuse
A Forensic Accountant uses forensic techniques to analyze financial evidence in matters that may come before courts. They are frequently known as "Forensic Auditors" or "Investigative Auditors."
Telemarketing group spent charity funds on golf, Hooters
The Important Role Of Accountants In Dispute Resolution
Woman stole $1.4M 'because she could'
Computer Forensics involve investigation of computer-related media to gather evidence in matters related to the law.
Computer Forensics: Beyond the Magnifying Glass
A Race to Stay Ahead of Hackers in Fixing a Massive Internet Flaw
Framed by Your Laptop
A Forensic Psychologist uses training in psychology in a setting that involves the law. A criminal behavior profiler is an example of a forensic psychologist.
Attempted murder charges against woman dismissed
Scare factor may lead to mistaken identification
Secret documents on Gitmo's youngest detainee revealed
Crime Scene Investigations involve finding, gathering, and preserving evidence located at suspected crime scenes.
Fingerprints now used to find drugs, explosives
Fingerprint Test Tells What a Person Has Touched
Sealed papers describe DNA, other anthrax details