Saturday, August 11, 2012

Dr. Michael West: (1): Hattiesburg, Mississippi: Major development: "Dentist now doubts science of bite-analysis. Clarion-Ledger; Must Read;

STORY: "Dentist now doubts science of bite-analysis," by reporter Jerry Mitchell, published in the Clarion-Ledger on August 5, 2012.

PHOTO-CAPTION: "Leigh Stubbs and Tami Vance were jubilant on June 28 after the state Supreme Court threw out their convictions. Dr. Michael West, an expert witness on bite-mark analysis, testified in their trial. Now, West says he no longer believes in bite-mark analysis."

GIST: "Since the 1980s, Hattiesburg dentist Michael West has raised his right hand and sworn dozens of time that bite marks on victims matched suspects. He compared these bite marks to fingerprints, describing their unique characteristics to jurors. Most suspects he testified against went off to prison. Now West rejects the very science he relied on to help put so many behind bars. "I no longer believe in bite-mark analysis," he said in a 2011 deposition obtained by The Clarion-Ledger. "I don't think it should be used in court. I think you should use DNA. Throw bite marks out." Two of those convicted in a 2001 aggravated assault case in which West testified, Leigh Stubbs and Tami Vance, are now receiving a new trial. They are both out on bond and will be arraigned today in Brookhaven."

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