Its time to de-qualify bitemark experts. Forensic “mistakes” revealed by DNA – A bitemark expert gets $50K to ID the wrong man -Twice

Ray Krone speaking during a panel discussion at the James E. Rogers College of Law on Saturday, Sept. 26, 2015.

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. One of those rogues is currently on the ABFO bitemark committee making up new terminology as a substitute for the empirical science which they lack. Its current president recently has promised new research is in the offing. You can be sure using a Thesaurus to spin more verbiage about bitemark opinions aint research.

The Texas Forensic Science Commission is continuing to hear bitemarkers’ supplications that they will soon “fix” the problem and deserve to continue to testify in the US court system. They promise a glorious resurrection from their past  “mistakes.”  The bite people are facing a moratorium on their activities. One of their upcoming pro bitemark speakers has a wrongful conviction of his own to admit to. I doubt anyone in the ABFO would call him a rogue. He’s a past president of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences.

In my opinion, this small forensic bitemark clique is a danger to public safety and should be de-qualified from testifying.

Use DNA instead. Its been around for 25 years and has been amply verified by countless universities and governmental agencies around the world.

Thanks to the Wrongful Conviction Blog.



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Dr. Michael Bowers is a long time forensic consultant in the US and international court systems.
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1 Response to Its time to de-qualify bitemark experts. Forensic “mistakes” revealed by DNA – A bitemark expert gets $50K to ID the wrong man -Twice

  1. csidds says:

    Reblogged this on FORENSICS in FOCUS @ CSIDDS | News and Trends and commented:

    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.”

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