FIGG and Court Proceedings: Lessons from the Past, Present to Prepare for the Future
The recent trials in the U.S. of Patrick Leon Nicholas for the rape and murder of Sarah Yarborough and Gary Hartman for the rape and murder of Michella Welch continue to highlight how FIGG can be a powerful investigative lead generation tool. The use of FIGG, however, raises questions for forensic scientists, prosecutors and defense attorneys as these cases progress through the judicial system. For example, as seen in the Yarborough admissibility (Frye/Kelly or Daubert) hearings will occur, particularly on the application of statistics and as they apply to FIGG. Additionally, the Hartman case raised issues on standing, technology use and privacy, especially as they relate to the tradeoffs during suppression motions.
On this webinar, experienced prosecutors and forensic scientists discuss the current issues raised regarding FIGG and how such issues were similarly addressed in cases and court decisions from the past and present. The webinar will address common questions raised, statistics, expert testimony, as well as best practices for presenting FIGG in court. Resources will include transcripts of testimony from historical and recent cases.
Forensic Investigative Genetic Genealogy Master Class – Taking It To The Next Level
As the FIGG technology developer and the steward of GEDmatch and GEDmatch PRO, Verogen is dedicated to bringing quality training to law enforcement professionals who wish to solidify their knowledge in FIGG. This six-part webinar series is designed for law enforcement professionals who already have the foundational understanding of how FIGG works and it will take your knowledge to the next level.
Using Forensic Genetic Genealogy – A Practical Guide for Law Enforcement
This webinar series is an entry-level course providing a wide range of practical guidance for law enforcement professionals who want to incorporate FIGG into regular practice, including how, when, and why to use the technique. At the end of the series, attendees will have a clear understanding of the benefits as well as challenges of FIGG and how to go about adopting it.
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