The use of DNA from bite marks takes casework, status and money from ABFO dentists

The AP article (use your search engine for “bite marks” and “unreliable”) in June 2013 suggested that the bite mark dentists of the American Board of Forensic Odontology have been “supplanted by the more reliable science of DNA.” More recently, an internal ABFO response states there is a “conspiracy” backed by the news media, the Innocence Projects, the University of Buffalo bite mark research center, and unnamed “bite mark haters” to reject their beliefs in matching human teeth to human skin injuries in order to keep them out of the court system. This is regardless of the 24 people wrongfully associated with crimes that these folks have helped put in prisons and jails. From the AP article, the ABFO president has a sliding scale of acceptable outcomes, when he discounted these 24 people suffering as insignificant due to all the “good cases” the ABFO members have assisted the prosecution.

Uhm, I thought progress was to be expected in our modern world. Apparently not in the rarified air of an ABFO leadership which expects no consequences to their forensic mistakes and tries to shoot the messengers within and without their little 100 member group who stand up to their harping denials of the obvious facts. Franklin wright in the AP article says the bad cases are from “bias.” There must be a lot of bias present in this small group (N=103. They’ve got 22 cases of 24 people being wrongfully conviction or incarcerated.

GO TO THIS ARTICLE to see how scientific progress has brought this group to a standstill. Its about a bitemark identification of the attacker accomplished by DNA from saliva.

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Dr. Michael Bowers is a long time forensic consultant in the US and international court systems.
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