Science News – May 30, 2013


Massachusetts man who was released because of recent lab scandal is charged with murder, Texas legislators aim to build a model Forensic Science Commission by expanding Commission’s authority, and a forensic psychologist describes the fallibility of human memory. Here is this week’s forensic news:


A defendant, who was released from prison last fall because an analyst allegedly mishandled drug evidence at a Massachusetts crime lab, has

been charged with murder that occurred earlier this week



In Texas, legislators aim to grant the Forensic Science Commission the ability to

review more labs and additional forensic disciplines than originally allowed

. Since the commission has proven effective at thoroughly investigating various labs, the legislation hopes to create a model for the rest of the criminal justice system throughout the nation.


In a recent TED Talk, a forensic psychologist explains how

human memory is fallible and selective even while remembering events during a crime

. With all the potential problems related to memory, a more scientific approach to using memory as trial evidence is recommended.


Southern University at New Orleans in Louisiana will start a new undergraduate forensic science program that will

partner with the local law enforcement community

. The university hopes the program will provide qualified individuals to work in forensic science in the region as job growth is expected to rise 20% over the next six years.

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