DNA Collection http://wesa.fm en When Trying Cold Cases, Time Can Be the Biggest Challenge http://wesa.fm/post/when-trying-cold-cases-time-can-be-biggest-challenge <p>We've made considerable advancements in the last several decades of forensic science.&nbsp; DNA testing has given us the ability to pinpoint culprits that may have never been caught just a few decades ago.&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">This opens up the possibility for cold cases like the <a href="http://www.post-gazette.com/local/west/2013/11/13/Memories-of-1979-homicide-dim-at-trial/stories/">recent trial </a>of the 1979 Catherine Janet Walsh homicide to finally go to court, and for justice to hopefully be obtained for the victims.&nbsp;</span></p><p>But new evidence doesn’t always mean justice will be cut and dry.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Essential Pittsburgh legal contributor and University of Pittsburgh law professor David Harris, says the most difficult challenge when opening a cold case is tracking down witnesses.</span> Mon, 18 Nov 2013 21:02:15 +0000 Katie Martin 20011 at http://wesa.fm When Trying Cold Cases, Time Can Be the Biggest Challenge Pileggi Dismisses State Police’s Warnings About Expanding DNA Collection http://wesa.fm/post/pileggi-dismisses-state-police-s-warnings-about-expanding-dna-collection <p>One of the top Republicans in the state Senate is dismissing concerns from the State Police about a proposal to expand the state’s DNA collection is made law.<br /><br />They say it would necessitate more funding from the commonwealth.<br /><br />But GOP Senate Majority Leader Dominic Pileggi says he doesn’t think the people who staff the state’s public forensic labs are “unbiased” in their assessment of how much money they would need to handle a larger workload.<br /> Mon, 18 Nov 2013 08:30:00 +0000 Mary Wilson 19934 at http://wesa.fm