The American Dental Association needs to act on members still practicing bitemarks

Most of the US bitemark group, the American Board of Forensic Odontology, are also members of the ADA. In fact some of the ABFO are “vaunted” as fighting crime through their “success” in criminal court convictions.  Here’s a 2015 link to a California dental journal exceeding praiseworthy of the bitemark crew.

So far “”success” has resulted in 25 innocent men being convicted. Keith Allen Harward being the latest.

“The Innocence Project hopes Harward’s exoneration leads to a national review of old bite-mark cases comparable to one underway by the FBI, the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and others of old microscopic hair analysis, another forensic technique that has contributed to wrongful convictions.

A similar bite-mark effort, however, would require support of forensic dentists, also known as forensic odontologists. So far, that support has been missing.”

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