NIJ Training Update: The Science, Law and Politics of Cold Cases

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Live Two-Day Seminar on Cold Case Investigations

The Forensic Technology Center of Excellence will be hosting a two-day online seminar on The Science, Law and Politics of Cold Case Investigations on October 30-31 in order to answer critical questions about cold cases and what it takes to resolve them.

At a time of laboratory backlogs and funding cuts, when reliable physical and witness evidence is not always available, there can be many political hurdles to re-opening cold cases. This seminar will discuss how these obstacles can be overcome and how DNA analysis and other scientific advances have made it possible to re-investigate and successfully prosecute cold cases. Join a host of investigative, scientific and legal experts, including:

  • Dr. Ann Wolbert Burgess, a pioneer in the field of forensic nursing.
  • Special Agent Tom Carter, a special agent in the FBI’s Pittsburgh field office.
  • Dr. Carole Chaski, the developer of literacy and text-analysis software for forensic security.
  • Dr. Henry Lee, a world-renowned criminalist and founder of the Henry C. Lee Institute of Forensic Science.
  • Detective Ken Mains, a seasoned police detective and forensic criminologist, who founded the American Investigative Society of Cold Cases.
  • Melissa Mourges, chief of the Forensic Sciences/Cold Case Unit at the New York County District Attorney’s Office.
  • Michael Parker, headed up the prosecution of numerous cold cases while serving as a North Carolina district attorney.
  • David Pauly, a former FBI special agent with expertise in cold case examination.
  • Dr. Mark Perlin, the founder of Cybergenetics and creator of the TrueAllele technology.
  • Mark Safarik, a former senior member of the FBI’s Behavioral Analysis Unit and supervisory special agent in the FBI Academy’s National Center for Analysis of Violent Crimes.
  • Dr. Cyril Wecht, a medical-legal and forensic scientific consultant who served Allegheny County as coroner for 20 years.

This event is free and open to all; register now.

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