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A Swedish Serial Killer is Claiming his Confessions were all Lies, what do you think?

One things is for sure, this case is quite the conundrum, Sture Bergwall was convicted on eight murder charges, although he confessed to over thirty murders. He is now claiming that his confessions of murder, rape, and cannibalism were all made up because he wanted attention. The question is did the Swedish justice system convict […]

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What do you think? Should DNA be collected from Misdemeanor Offenders?

There is now a proposal on the table, in Colorado, to collect DNA from all misdemeanor offenders of those who commit a crime. In the state of Colorado this would mean the addition of over 30,000 people to the DNA database. This idea belongs to Dan Pabone, a lawmaker in Denver. In many studies the […]

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What Do You Think? – The Prosecution’s Case Against DNA

DNA evidence and analysis has helped to exonerate many who confessed to violent crimes; however, in some cases, the prosecution has begun suggesting alternative theories as to where DNA (not matching the person convicted) came from. This New York Times article covers the issue in detail, and can offer some insight into both sides of […]

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What Do You Think? – Amanda Knox Trial: Did the Victim Get Justice?

In 2007, Meredith Kercher was found dead in her locked bedroom with her throat slashed and a blanket covering her body. Three people were charged with murder: Rudy Guede, Amanda Knox, and Raffaele Sollecito. Rudy Guede opted for a “fast-track” trial, which eliminated his right to challenge the evidence in a full trial but would […]

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What Do You Think? – Connecticut’s New DNA Sampling Law

On October 1st, a new law will go into effect requiring anyone arrested for any of 39 serious felonies to provide a DNA sample prior to their release from custody. Connecticut will be the 25th state to require DNA samples, although the state has been collecting samples from anyone convicted of serious felonies for several […]

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Welcome to the Henry C. Lee Institute of Forensic Science Blog!

The new HCL Institute blog is here to provide another source of news and information from the institute! We will be posting everything from statistics and their significance to current hot topics in forensics to interviews with UNH faculty members! We hope to foster discussion in the comments on each post and on our social […]

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