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Supreme Court Analyzes Major Fourth Amendment Issues in Dog-Sniff Cases

On October 31, 2012, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in two separate cases from Florida, each presenting a different constitutional issue involved in law enforcement agencies’ use of drug-sniffing canines. The fact that the Court granted certiorari for both cases in the same term and entertained oral arguments for them on the same day caused some pundits to comment that the Court had “gone to the dogs” or had experienced a “dog-day afternoon.” These cases, however, because of the underlying issues involved, were no laughing matter to the law enforcement community.

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Training: Bugs, Bones, and Shooting Reconstruction

Two upcoming forensic training programs, "Bugs and Bones" and "Shooting Incident Reconstruction", will be hosted by the Johnson County Sheriff's Office Criminalistics Laboratory in Olathe, Kan.

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Differentiating Accidental Trauma vs. Child Abuse

The NIJ, through the National Criminal Justice Reference Service, has made available a new final technical report, "Development of a Surrogate Bruising Detection System to Describe Bruising Patterns Associated with Common Childhood Falls".

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Webinar: Trace Evidence for Legal Professionals

A free, 1.5-hour webinar will be held May 29, 2013 will focus on trace evidence. This event is part of a series of forensic-science webinars for legal professionals hosted by the West Virginia University Forensic Science Initiative.

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Webinar: Sexual Assault Examination Protocol

The Sexual Assault Forensic Examiner Technical Examiner (SAFETta) source will offer a free webinar on May 21, 2013 at 2 p.m. ET titled "National Protocol for Sexual Assault Forensic Examinations - 2nd Edition: Impact on Policy and Practice".

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Report on High Velocity Bloodstain Patterns

The NIJ, through the National Criminal Justice Reference Service, has made available a technical report about high velocity bloodstain patterns.

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Item of Interest

The language barrier between English-speaking investigators and Spanish-speaking witnesses is a growing problem. (Updated 28 February 2011)

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