Monday, March 3, 2014

"Bitemarks and wrongful executions: Law prof considers the connection," by Dr. Michael Bowers; A Must Read from an articulate critic of bitemark evidence. (A breath of fresh air. HL);

POST: "Bitemarks and wrongful executions: Law prof considers the connection," by Dr. Michael Bowers, published by his blog "CSI DDS) on February 9, 2014;  (Dr. Michael Bowers is a practicing dentist in Ventura, CA and a long time forensic consultant in the US and international court systems. He is a medical legal consultant with the Innocence Project and is soon to publish his newest book, "Forensic Testimony, Science, Law and Expert Evidence" with Elsevier/Academic Press."

GIST: I have been involved in multiple cases where bite mark identification was admitted by prosecutors  as “scientific” evidence to convict. Many have been at the trial court level where I have opposed the “elite” members within the forensic bitemark association connection,  AAFS/ABFO. I have been of some aid in exoneration litigation resulting in the the release of eight innocent men. Until recently, I had also been a “Diplomate” (certainly an impressive title)  of the ABFO, (22 years; I actually had a 4 or 5 year tenure on their Exam and Certification committee and a couple terms on their board of directors)) and as such,  I was opposing dentists within my own (small) organization which still “certifies” its applicants as a peer-reviewed forensic dental examiners. It was dicey to say the least for some of my collegial brethren. Within all these years, I have never opposed any report or testimony involving human identification via autopsy exams and dental records (i.e., dental identification). I oppose bitemark evidence used in courts. Something that I still do.""

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