If Bitemark Identifiers Are Flawed, Why Did The AAFS Just Recertify Them?

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The decades of criticisms about the American Board of Forensic Odontology’s (ABFO) relationship with the American Academy of Forensic Science (AAFS) has been a waste of time and effort. This US bitemark bunch gets an accreditation review each five years by another spin-off affiliate of the AAFS. The FSAB has just  given another five year (good to March 1, 2023) rubber stamp to these dentists who, among its leadership, is composed of the few remaining derelict believers in the relevancy of their “skin-reading” capabilities.

Decades of forensic disasters accompanies the ABFO’s legacy. Even now, the public face of the group talks about their “science,” but their practices are akin to palm-reading or “best guesstimate”  using “reasonable dental certainty.”

Note: The lapel button was distributed to the ABFO by family members of exoneree Ray Krone, BEFORE his release from Arizona prison because of DNA identified the real murderer. Ray was on death row. He speaks poorly of the ABFO during his lecture tours and lectures.   Multiple ABFO members helped falsely convict him.

Inquiring  minds demand a “hard look” at forensics. The link goes to a recent article that of course leads with bitemark’s flawed presence remaining in US courts.

The FSAB should reconsider. Beyond that, the other AAFS forensic “boards” should be incensed for being associated with the bitemarkers. DNA collection from bitemark deposited saliva  is the only certain means of determining a biter’s identity.

 

 

 

 

About csidds

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