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January 2019 Archives

Police using DNA dragnet to identify care patient's assailant

In the tragic situation at Hacienda HealthCare in Phoenix, it's understandable that the police would want to do everything in their power to solve the case. On Dec. 29, a patient in a persistent vegetative state gave birth after becoming pregnant at the nursing facility. The president of the facility resigned in response to the incident, and state health officials have required the facility to increase patient safety.

Ballistic database being shared with police despite scientific issues

A recent story by NPR highlighted some issues with the National Integrated Ballistics Information Network (NIBIN), a huge ballistics database operated by the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. It contains high-resolution images of the marks left on bullets and shell casings fired by specific firearms. The idea is to allow users to match those bullets and casings to each other and, sometimes, to match them to a specific gun.

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