The ABFO has records of each members’ casework activity. As usual the ABFO is not telling the truth.
Chris Fabricant, director of strategic litigation at the New York-based Innocence Project, pointed to a study the forensic odontologists board conducted last year that concluded many of the dentists in the group couldn’t even identify which injuries were bite marks.
“There is no basic or applied research that supports any claims that bite-mark experts routinely make,” Fabricant said. “It has no business in criminal court, period.”
Ray Krone (pictured above at an innocence/forensic science reform seminar) spent 10 years in AZ prison. Part of it on death row. Then a retrial that gave him a life sentence. Dr Ray Rawson, once a notable bitemark prophet, received $50,000 to use a video camera in two separate trials to identify Krone as the killer of Kim Acona. Some say he reluctantly testified at the second trial. DNA later obtained by his defense team was used to identify the real killer. He wasn’t hard to find, as he was in the same arizona prison as Krone who later received a $2 million settlement from Maricopa County.
Bitemark believers still think bruises on skin can identify killers and rapists and child abusers. They deny that the 26 cases of bitemark misidentification indicates that bitemark analysis is a flawed methodology with no scientific support. Its merely “rogues” that caused the wrongful convictions…
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