Australia gets rid of unreliable forensic expert’s convictions – So should Mississippi and other states

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A long time Australian pathologist who retired in 1995, having recently been given an “unreliable” designation by the Aussie courts, is the subject of extensive re-litigation of many of his past trials.

Coincidentally, the Mississippi Supreme Court has ordered another hearing next January in Noxumbee County, MS, in Eddie Lee Howard’s death penalty case, regarding the courtroom promises of accuracy in Dr. Michael West’s brand of “blue light” illuminated bitemark identifications. This dentist has more recently proclaimed that bitemarks are not “scientific evidence” and therefore are unreliable.

It should not be a serious leap of for Mississippi to click the box on “junk science” in their judicial protocols. Australia obviously has.

BTW, its too bad the bitemarker group in the United States, the AAFS sponsored ABFO, have not had that revelation. Their latest presentation before the Texas Forensic Science Commission was a travesty of hollow opinion and desperate grandstanding.

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/nation/flawed-forensics-trigger-murder-appeals/story-e6frg6nf-1227621700050?sv=d2a631af276df7187dcfadef271611e1

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