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The Delaware Division of Forensic Science is now without a director.

Michael Wolf took the job 18 months ago after a scandal that rocked its crime lab.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that he quit in July and told the paper he had done so because of a lack of resources and staffing.

The division’s annual report found that the agency was struggling to keep up with homicides, rape and drug deaths.

In 2014 the lab had been hit with evidence thefts and mismanagement.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - A Baltimore judge has ruled against the media on several motions made by attorneys involving public access during the trials of six police officers charged in the arrest and death of Freddie Gray.

Baltimore Circuit Judge Barry Williams ruled Tuesday that he would not allow reporters to copy audio and visual evidence in the cases. Williams also denied requests to allow reporters to review discovery filings currently under seal, but said he would consider it once the trials are over.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Maryland's highest court has ruled that criminal defendants can't present evidence of DNA matches to other suspects at trial unless additional testing has confirmed the results.
 
In a ruling last week, the Maryland Court of Appeals found that defense attorneys have the same burden as prosecutors when presenting DNA evidence.
 
The court's ruling upholds the conviction of two Maryland men on charges including attempted murder and burglary stemming from a 2009 Montgomery County home invasion. Both men are serving life sentences.
 

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Two measures to help battle domestic violence have been passed by the Maryland General Assembly.

The state Senate gave final approval to the measures on Monday night on unanimous votes. The House of Delegates already passed the bills.

They are headed to Gov. Martin O'Malley, whose administration proposed the legislation.