Miami Herald: Researchers compile body scans for new database

Miami Herald: Researchers compile body scans for new database. “Researchers are converting thousands of full-body scans done by the state Office of the Medical Investigator as part of an effort to build a searchable database that can help anthropologists, criminal investigators and others.”

Bangor Daily News: Social media ‘witnesses’ to crime raise unusual questions for legal system

Bangor Daily News: Social media ‘witnesses’ to crime raise unusual questions for legal system. “The case against a white police officer who pummeled a black motorist after a traffic stop in this Cleveland suburb – a confrontation caught on cellphone video that went viral on social media – has gained new life because of a citizens’ petition with a distinctly 21st century argument.”

NPR: ‘Ballistic Fingerprint’ Database Expands Amid Questions About Its Precision

NPR: ‘Ballistic Fingerprint’ Database Expands Amid Questions About Its Precision. “NIBIN was started in 1999 and has primarily been used by forensics examiners to testify at trial about the likelihood that a bullet was fired from a particular gun. But that’s all changing now. The Department of Justice is allocating money and resources to put NIBIN terminals into the hands of local police departments….But some defense attorneys challenge the notion that the markings are unique, and the FBI says even expert testimony can’t make that claim with certainty.”

Nieman Lab: A massive Facebook group — made up almost entirely of women — is helping to solve a case gripping Australia

Nieman Lab: A massive Facebook group — made up almost entirely of women — is helping to solve a case gripping Australia. “Most Americans have never heard of Keli Lane or of her baby, Tegan, who disappeared in 1996 when she was only two days old. But the case of Lane — and her murder conviction in 2011, though no body or hard evidence was ever found — has gripped Australia for years. It’s now the subject of a three-part Australian Broadcasting Corporation documentary — and a Facebook group that, in around two weeks, has grown to 29,000 members focused on one goal: finding out what actually happened to Tegan. Lane, who is in prison with a chance of parole in 2023, insists that she handed over the baby to her biological father in the hospital’s lobby after her birth, and believes that she’s still alive.”

ZDNet: The police are now using artificial intelligence to spot fake robbery claims

ZDNet: The police are now using artificial intelligence to spot fake robbery claims. “Law enforcement agencies across Spain have adopted an artificial intelligence (AI) system capable of uncovering fake crime and theft claims. Researchers from Cardiff University and the Charles III University of Madrid developed the AI system, dubbed VeriPol, which uses automatic text analysis and machine learning to identify false statements.”

Washington Post: A serial rapist eluded police for years. Then they searched a genealogy site.

Washington Post: A serial rapist eluded police for years. Then they searched a genealogy site. . “Authorities in California said they arrested a man they suspect is a serial sexual offender who committed a string of horrific crimes over 15 years, earning the name the ‘NorCal rapist.’ They attributed the breakthrough in the case to DNA, drawing parallels to the Golden State Killer case that made headlines earlier this year.”