A trove of records obtained by my colleagues and I at Bronx Justice News is shedding new light on the 2007 Boca Raton mall murders and abductions, revealing previously unknown details about detectives’ pursuit of the killer or killers, the lives of victims (some of them from the Bronx and Brooklyn), and security lapses at Town Center at Boca Raton mall in the lead-up to the attacks.
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A Commercial DNA Testing Company Wants to Team With New York Police to Find Criminals, But Privacy Advocates Fear A Genetic Dragnet
New York State is on the verge of approving investigative DNA testing by a private company that can identity up to nine degrees of relatives based on a genetic sample—and which uses commercial databases containing the DNA of thousands of Americans—to assist law enforcement, Bronx Justice News has learned.Read More
Bronx Justice News Investigation: Eleven Years Behind Schedule, Court’s “Civic Plaza” Remains a Blight on Property, Costing Taxpayers Millions
It's been a busy few months at my new job, and I couldn't be prouder of the work Bronx Justice News is doing.
The editoral team's investigation into taxpayer waste and mismanagement at the troubled Bronx Hall of Justice went live this month, and the repsonse has been overwhelming.Read More
My latest article for Bronx Justice News: City Settles Suit After Video Allegedly Caught NYPD Officer Dragging Student Off Bus By Her Hair, Slamming Head Against Concrete
Bronx District Attorney Darcel Clark this weekend signaled her support for progressive, statewide criminal justice reform, exclusively telling Bronx Justice News that changes to the current system are “inevitable.”
“My experiences as a prosecutor and a judge give me unique perspectives on the need for bail, discovery and speedy trial reforms and oversight,” said Clark, the first African-American woman to be elected District Attorney in New York State. “The question is not if but how we implement the reforms.”Read More
Update to Yesterday's Exclusive: FBI Says 3 DNA Labs Reported CODIS Software Glitch; Inaccurate Genetic Information Displayed Due To “Synchronization Issue”
"The FBI says a software update to its national DNA database caused incorrect genetic information to display at a handful of local crime labs, but that no offenders were misidentified as a result.Read More
My Latest Story: FBI Software Glitch Causing Incorrect DNA Information To Display On Crime Lab Computers
State DNA scientists have discovered a software glitch the FBI’s national DNA database—an error officials say led to the display incorrect information for at least two genetic profiles in state cases, and which may be impacting cases across the country, Bronx Justice News has learned.
Bronx Backlog Nightmare: Seven Years After Their Arrests, Two Men Are Still Locked Up Awaiting Trial
I started covering the backlog of felonies in Bronx Courts seven years ago. Today, I penned another story on this important issue, which still plagues the borough's justice system.Read More
My exclusive article for Bronx Justice News reveals that the NYPD plans to begin using Rapid DNA—a controversial technology that provides near-instantaneous test results on human genetic samples without the need for scientific supervision—as early as this year.Read More