Flawed bite-mark evidence: Bulletin: Radley Balko lays out developments related to this much maligned - and rightly so - forensic discipline, for lack of a better word, in his Washington Post account of the "most-read posts, series, favorite posts and reactions to headlines from the world of criminal justice and civil liberties in 2016, in his worthy column "The Watch."
the last week of the year. So in keeping with Internet tradition,
here’s a look back at 2016 here at The Watch, including most-read posts,
series, favorite posts and reactions to headlines from the world of
criminal justice and civil liberties..."Lots of news from the world of bite marks: Disgraced bite-mark expert Michael West lost his mind during a deposition for a death penalty case (and afterward, Mississippi officials not only defended West, they also bizarrely attacked the defendant’s attorneys). The Texas Forensic Science Commission recommended a moratorium on bite mark evidence. Manhattan prosecutor (and defender of bite mark matching) Melissa Mourges conceded defeat (sort of). Meanwhile, there were more exonerations and, somehow, still more cases in which bite mark evidence was upheld by the court."
My interest in forensic pathology began with my Toronto Star investigative reporting into once famed since disgraced former doctor Charles Smith. I began this Blog after retiring from the Star in 2006 in order to follow the aftermath into the independent Goudge inquiry into many of Smith's cases. I have now begun to focus on cases involving flawed forensic science no matter where they occur (the recent Amanda Knox prosecution in Italy, for example) and am fascinated by the interest in the Blog from people in countries throughout the world. In another development, my interest in "junk science" "pseudo-experts" and the miscarriages of justice they all too often cause has drawn me deeply into the on-going U.S. death penalty debate where so many troubling cases involve issues relating to DNA and other developments in the world of forensic science. For all of this I rely on my experience as a reporter at the Toronto Star, my work as a lawyer in Ontario's criminal courts, and my abhorrence of injustice. Please send cases and developments which may be of interest to this Blog to firstname.lastname@example.org. Read on! Harold Levy.