Dr. Michael West was once known as a world-renowned forensic odontologist. His robust resume overflowed with case credentials from the FBI and Scotland Yard. Police and prosecutors from across this nation purchased his expert witness services, earning him accolades in newspapers, forensic journals, and other major media outlets. He was a crime fighter extraordinaire appearing in Newsweek magazine. Dr. West’s trained expertise is in forensic odontology, a specialty of the forensic sciences. He made his name analyzing bitemarks on skin.
Exonerated after spending 15 years in prison. Levon Brooks and Kennedy Brewer.
Dr. West’s career terminally imploded after authorities examined DNA left at the crime scenes that did not belong to either convicted men. Instead, the DNA implicated one man from both crime scenes that had been free while the innocent men both served 15 years in prison. (It is notable that the MS Governor, Attorney General and the MS Supreme Court continually refuse to review any other cases of Dr. West). A recent article on the “failure of forensic review” in that state is disappointing.
The American Board of Forensic Odontology (recognized by the American Academy of Forensic Sciences but not the American Dental Association) posted these two cases on their now defunct blog. What no one has seen on their current or past websites are the many other exonerations of innocent men wrongfully convicted by ABFO certified dentists through bitemark evidence. Other cases of its members also have involved wrong opinions which created erroneous arrest warrants and jail time. Since West was no longer a member by the time of Brewer/Brooks debacle ended, he was fair game. Nearly 20 ABFO members get a free pass from their “elite” group.
Published by Dr. David Averill on www.bitemarks.org in 2011. My additions are in bold.