A brilliant cautionary tale on Fingerprints and their Scientific Uncertainty | The AAFS/ABFO dentists should read this | @csidds

From 2 1/2 years ago. It’s still relevant as the 2017 WH #PCAST draft report states so well. Pattern matchers in forensics should pay attention.

FORENSICS and LAW in FOCUS @ CSIDDS | News and Trends

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Fingerprints and a “bitemark” used to convict Bill Richards in 1997 in California.

The partnerships between the AAFS and police sciences are very strong and professionally intertwined in the US criminal justice system. The organization was originally founded by police crime lab personnel amongst a smattering of lawyers, governmental (state. or local jurisdictions) pathologists and lab technicians. The dentists came later, quite thrilled with being recognized as a distinct member of the crime fighting community. The advent of DNA profiling from incredibly small portions of sweat, blood, saliva, and body fluids came aboard during my mid years as an AAFS member (aka Fellow) about 18 years ago. My motivation to follow the DNA section of the AAFS (aka Criminalistics) proved to be a personal and professional turning point as I had been trained and observant of “renowned” bitemark dentists claiming to be as good as fingerprint examiners (I call this “science”…

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