The Changing World of Forensic Science

Barry A.J. Fisher, past president of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, spent two decades as the director of the Los Angeles County Sheriff Department’s crime labs.  He’s an internationally regarded forensic scientist and leader in his field, and was… Read More

Suicide Contagion

The day before Robin Williams’ suicide, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline received about 3,000 calls on its hotline, a number it called “fairly typical.”  The day after his suicide, the number of calls rose to 7,375, the most the organization had… Read More

The Zombie Defense

The “Ambien Defense” has been getting a lot of press in 2014.  Sometimes called the “Zombie Defense,” it’s the argument that someone charged with a crime—and the crimes have ranged from DWI to child sexual abuse to murder— took Ambien… Read More

Cannabis and Mental Illness

Early in the evening on April 14, 47-year-old Richard Kirk stopped by Nutritional Elements, a marijuana store in southeast Denver.  He bought Karma Kandy Orange Ginger, a candy form of edible marijuana, and Pre 98 Bubba Kush Pre-Roll, a pre-rolled… Read More