Advances of science affects some convictions – so far bitemarks aren’t included

The resounding inconsistencies in how US courts “handle” forensic expertise is brain-numbing. The Mississippi Supreme Court and the state attorney General Jim Hood’s go to chief appellate guy, Jason Davis (pictured above), are still investing in the now bitemark rejecting Michael West (pictured below) to preserve EL Howard’s death penalty conviction.  This makes no sense.

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Here’s what’s happening in TX regarding fingerprint technology getting a man out of prison after 19 years.

“Advances in science and technology are helping to make criminal prosecutions more accurate,” said Reagan Wynn, who served as local counsel for Nolley.  “Mr. Nolley’s case affirms the Texas legislature’s decision to recognize that these same advances can be meaningful in exposing injustice where that advanced technology wasn’t previously available, by giving the wrongly convicted a way to get back into court and present that new evidence.”

Full article from the Innocence Project 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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