It was reported by WESH, the defense has filed a motion to retain the services of a world renowned Dutch expert.  Immediately Richard and Selma Eikelenboom of Amsterdam came to mind. They are in fact the pioneers.

In 2003, Selma Eikelenboom formed her own company, Independent Forensic Services, which is a private laboratory in the Netherlands that specializes in recovery or trace evidence and Touch DNA testing. 

The touch DNA method—named for the fact that it analyzes skin cells left behind when assailants touch victims, weapons or something else at a crime scene—has been around for the last five years. Touch DNA doesn’t require you to see anything, or any blood or semen at all. It only requires seven or eight cells from the outermost layer of our skin.

Touch DNA is the latest improvement in the cutting edge technology of DNA.

Forensic scientists Richard and Selma Eikelenboom first used their technology to exonerate an American, falsely accused murderer Timothy Masters.  After his acquittal, Touch DNA has gained speed in the forensic world.  In fact, the prosecutor in the Ramsey case, Boulder County District Attorney Mary Lacy, learned about touch DNA when she attended a course at the West Virginia University Forensic Science Initiative in the summer of 2007.   In October 2009, The University of Illinois Springfield also held a seminar for Downstate Innocence project introducing cutting edge methods for this technology. 

In the unsolved JonBenet Ramsey case, the Eikelenbooms identified full DNA profiles from areas of her clothing where the perpetrator grabbed hold of her.  There was Touch DNA on her panties that eliminated JonBenet’s parents.  With the test results on record, this may lead to the identification of her real killer in the future.  For that reason, I am hoping Judge Belvin Perry allows the forensic scientist of Defense team’s choosing.  Considering there isn’t any viable physical evidence thus far, why not?

For unrealistic petty reasons, the State is balking the request, saying the testing should be done at a certified lab in the U.S.  It is fact, Dutch scientists Richard and Selma Eikelenboom are world reowned pioneers of this technology.  For that reason,  I can’t think of anyone who would be more certifiable.  These scientists have also been used as I mentioned before in at least two cases in the United States.  One is Timothy Masters and the other is Jon Benet Ramsey making Prosecutor Jeff Ashton’s argument laughable.   There’s never been a mention of a problem with international jurisdiction before.   Jose Baez answered Judge Perry’s concern regarding shipping evidence overseas.  Baez explained the Eikelenboom’s are willing to set up a lab in the United States.  

It’s my opinion that using the best forensic scientist in this delicate forensic testing is of the utmost importance to this case.  This is the deal breaker many like myself have been waiting for.   True, Touch DNA could potentially exonerate Casey Anthony or it could nail her coffin.  It’s a huge gamble for the defense in my opinion. but it’s also a sign of confidence.  

http://www.wesh.com/caseyanthony/25178031/detail.html

http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=experts-touch-dna-jonbenet-ramsey

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