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Crimelab Again! Insights in Criminal Investigation/ Secret Life of Street Gangs

**3/22/13--Don Johnson, highlighted below, testified in the Phil Spector trial.  I wonder what he'll think of a David Mamet/Hollywood take on it? 

You should still be able to get tickets to this event!




2)  Put CONFIRMED in your RSVP (or I will remove you).


The last few times I've setup meetups at the (real) LA Crime lab they were wildly popular.  Let's see who wants to tap their inner CSI this time around!  Here's the write-up:

Visionary Professor Donald Johnson, in association with LAVA and Esotouric Tours, invites you to participate in a special four-hour event at LA’s regional crime laboratory, on the campus of Cal State LA. Space is very limited and pre-reservation required for this unprecedented opportunity to tour the crime lab, learn from working forensic investigators and educators, and discover the real art and science of crime scene investigation.

Join us for our latest crime lab seminar with LASD Team Leader and educator Nick Guskos, co-author of the 2013 text book Criminal Investigation: An Illustrated Case Study Approach. Nick's first talk with be an overview of theories of forensic investigation. The tools used to analyze equivocal death scenes will be illustrated through several of Nick's crime investigations. The hands-on workshops, led by Professor Johnson and his graduate students, will focus on blood spatter evidence and entry wounds. For his second talk, Nick will draw on his significant personal experience while delving into the complexities of gang-related crime investigations, including the unique social and scientific tools that law enforcement officers use to solve these cases.

By the afternoon’s conclusion, attendees will have a deeper understanding of the real work that’s done in the field by forensic investigators, and the tools and techniques used to interpret crime scenes for the benefit of investigating officers and juries.

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Donald Johnson is an associate professor in the School of Criminal Justice and Criminalistics at the California State University, Los Angeles (CSULA). Appointed to the faculty in 2003, Professor Johnson has been actively involved in the forensic sciences for over two decades. His career began with service to two coroner's offices, including the Los Angeles County Department of Coroner. He then advanced to senior criminalist at the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, where he specialized in the forensic investigation of violent crimes. Professor Johnson received his graduate degrees at the UCLA School of Medicine, and has published on his research in neurobiology and criminalistics in such scientific journals as "Nature," "Proceedings of the National Academy of Science" and "The Journal of Forensic Sciences."


You get to tour the entire lab, see what the students who attend here work on, see their actual dummies they recreate crimes with and so on.  It's a very interesting afternoon and I still get people asking me when we'll do it again so lets go!  It's cool stuff!

The lab is approximately where the 10 and 710 meet on the campus of Cal State LA.  The building looms large over NE corner of the exit. 


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There is free parking available for guests at this event in the large parking lot in front of the Forensic Center.

The entrance to the event is the set of doors to the left of the main entrance, near the snack shop. You can only enter the building from the side facing the parking lot.

We will meet near the check-in desk.  I look like my picture.  Late/lost?  Text or call me @[masked]-4185.  It is YOUR responsibility to find me.  Please make sure you check-in or I will mark you as a no-show.



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