Innocence Projects’ praise for Texas Forensic Commission’s deep look into bitemarks

The NY Innocence Project talks about this week’s New York Times article which has gone viral on the Net as an example of forensic science “reform” taking place in Texas. The bitemarkers are resorting to innuedos and red herrings to defend their artful opinions. The dentists never talk about DNA being obtained from bitemarks which seems strange to me.

The Commission has a long list of dubious casework involving bitemark aided convictions and at least 2 executions.

(excerpt)

“Over the weekend, the New York Times reported on the notable efforts that the state of Texas is taking to strengthen its criminal investigations by way of reexamining forensic methods that have come under scrutiny in recent years. At the forefront of those now-discredited methods being evaluated in the Lone Star state is bite mark analysis, an investigation tool that gained popularity in the 1950s with forensic examiners as a means to allegedly link individuals to crime scenes.

http://www.innocenceproject.org/news-events-exonerations/texas-forensic-science-commission-steps-up-to-investigate-bite-mark-analysis

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