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SATI e-News: May 28, 2002

  

 
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  NIJ Releases RFP for Processing Backlog of “No Suspect” Cases
  States may apply for funding through the National Institute of Justice to identify, process and analyze “no suspect” cases. Work may be conducted by either public laboratories or through qualified outsourcing entities. Deadline for proposals is September 13, 2002. RFP at: http://www.ncjrs.org/pdffiles1/nij/sl000570.pdf

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  Handwriting Analysis: Junk Science or Legitimate Forensic Tool?
  Prosecutors and others in the criminal justice field hope that a new study due to appear in the July issue of The Journal of Forensic Sciences will settle contradictory court rulings on the validity of handwriting analysis. Sargur N. Srihari, the principal author of the study, is a professor of computer science at the State University of New York at Buffalo.
 
Srihari told the New York Times that the study of 1,500 people is the most comprehensive effort undertaken to prove the uniqueness of an individual’s handwriting. The study establishes a writer’s identity with 98 percent confidence, according to Srihari. Extrapolating to the entire population of the United States, the study's confidence level dropped to 95 percent.

The study, which was partly funded by the National Institute of Justice, will be posted on the web site of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences in late June or July. Source: "Prosecutors Hope New Study of Handwriting Will Silence Skeptics,” New York Times, May 26, 2002.

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  Annual Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault Conference Scheduled
  The third annual International Conference on Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence and Stalking will be held in San Diego April 23-25, 2003; Click here for 2003 conference info.

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  New Sexual Assault Resource Listing
   Check out and bookmark this new list of sexual assault resources

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