Evidence Rooms in the News: September 2014

Here's a quick summary of some evidence rooms making headlines across the United States in September 2014.

Skeletons in the closet: Evidence room full of surprises

September 20, 2014 - BUTTE, Mont. - Montana Standard reporter Angela Brandt takes a look inside the "closets" of the Butte-Silver Bow police. The interview with property and evidence technician Jan Stepan covers the unusual items she encounters, the volume of evidence take in every day, overcrowded storage conditions, and how some evidence is tied to cold cases dating as far back as 1965.

Evidence Room Workers Safeguard Key Pieces to Crime Puzzles

September 20, 2014 - BARTOW, Fla. - Cody Dulaney of The Ledger examines the evidence room at the Polk County (Fla.) Courthouse. The story includes an interview with certified evidence specialist Shane Kent, and highlights the evidence room's advanced security system, the unintentional firing of a "zip gun" inside the evidence room, and how evidence stored there helped exonerate a man who had spent 35 years in prison for a kidnapping and murder he did not commit.

St. Charles County running out of storage room for police evidence

September 19, 2014 - ST. CHARLES COUNTY, Mo. - While evidence overflows into three padlocked trailers under 24/7 surveillance, the St. Charles County Sheriff's Office is working with a consulting firm to explore solutions to their storage problems.

Congress Approves Bill To Cut Rape Evidence Backlog

September 18, 2014 - WASHINGTON, D.C. - Legislation renewing the Debbie Smith Act - a program that helps cut the backlog of unexamined rape kits - was sent by the U.S. Congress to President Barack Obama for his signature.

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Court Case Update

FINGERPRINT EVIDENCE went through a nearly three-year ordeal in the New Hampshire court system, but eventually emerged unscathed. On April 4, 2008, the New Hampshire Supreme Court unanimously reversed the decision of a lower court to exclude expert testimony regarding fingerprint evidence in the case of The State of New Hampshire v. Richard Langill. The case has been remanded back to the Rockingham County Superior Court.