Exonerations of defendants accused by bitemark dentists grows to two dozen

The passage of time has dealt the remaining believers in bite mark identification a serious blow. When the Innocence Project (IP) published this wrongful list posted here, the numbers were rather few, considering the popularity of the method of using dentists to testify regarding the guilt or innocence of criminal defendants in cases of child abuse, homicide and assault. A recent re-assessment of case histories by the IP involving the members of the premier and elite US group of 100 dentists (ABFO) problems with making the wrong people guilty of crimes they did not commit has blossomed to 24. This reassessment the ABFO error rates in their court appearances was thoroughly described in the Associate Press article from June and posted here.

What has not been published are the names of the ABFO members involved in these cases. This will be the subject of upcoming posts here on CSIDDS.

One more thought: Might there be more bite mark convictions soon to be overturned and defendants exonerated?

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