Sunday, August 12, 2012

Dr. Michael West: (2):Observations by investigative reporter Radley Balko after West's admission: "I no longer believe in bite-mark analysis." Reason.

STORY: "I no longer believe in bite-mark analysis," by investigative reporter Radley Balko, posted in "Reason," on August 6, 2012.

"That’s infamous bite mark “specialist” Michael West, in a deposition last year for the Leigh Stubbs case. This comes after West has put dozens of people in prison with bite mark testimony, including several on death row. Two of them, Eddie Lee Howard in Mississippi and Jimmie Duncan in Louisiana, are still awaiting execution. The office of Mississippi Attorney Jim Hood so far has so far refused to go back and reopen all the old cases in which West has testified. Hood should have done that a long time ago. For that matter, the same goes for Hood’s predecessors. And the Mississippi Supreme Court. We’ve known for nearly 20 years now that this guy was a fraud. Hell, we’ve had video evidence. Lots of it. No much cared. Because, as one former Mississippi prosecutor told me, “Nobody wants to be the one to unravel that ball of yarn.” Will Hood’s office still defend convictions won on West’s testimony now that even West himself concedes his field of expertise is quackery? "

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