Sunday, July 1, 2012

Bulletin: Leigh Stubbs and Tammy Vance; Michael West "bite mark" case; Defence lawyers want West put on trial; Daily Leader.

STORY: "Women taste freedom after convictions vacated," by reporter Caleb Bedillion, published in the Daily Leader on June 29, 2012.

GIST: "Prosecutors at the original trial relied heavily on the testimony of Dr. Michael West, of Hattiesburg. He testified he could match bite marks on the victim's body to the women on trial and claimed he could enhance a security videotape. West himself has since said he now doubts the validity of bite mark analysis, and the heart of their February trial was an FBI analysis of the security videotape that partially contradicted West's testimony. "We're cautiously optimistic," Wade said. "This was a circumstantial case, and that's gone. The West stuff is gone." Beety said she had no way to speculate whether officials will pursue a second trial. If there is a second trial, the Mississippi Innocence Project will continue to represent Stubbs and Vance. Wade expressed disappointment the attorney general has continued to defend cases in which testimony by West was used. Instead, he thinks West himself should be the target of investigation. "The Mississippi attorney general and Lincoln County district attorney should commit to pursue charges against Dr. Michael West for fraudulent testimony and perjury," Wade said."

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