Category Archives: AAFS
For those unaware, the cop forensics use of “individualization” for pattern-matchers ain’t science. These authors explain why in simple terms for all of us. https://judicialstudies.duke.edu/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/JUDICATURE102.1-THOMPSON-etal-1.pdf
…….reads like my first 10 years of training from the bitemarkers at the ABFO. http://science.sciencemag.org/content/360/6386/243.full
This data driven look at governmental says the use of physical evidence before arrest is lacking. Testing happening after arrest is not considered independent and is used merely to confirm prosecutorial conclusions. Some may be shocked at this The authors have … Continue reading
Who ever said science and law have a common ground of knowledge? Not in this case and others still pending with lawyers arguing guilt is proven by practitioners of their unsubstantiated offerings of “medical certainty.” https://www.altoonamirror.com/news/local-news/2018/05/ross-bite-mark-appeal-rejected/
John Kunco in Pennsylvania has local and Innocence Project attorneys arguing for his release on May 23. His possible exoneration could bring the number of men released from false science testimony of bitemarkers to 31 cases. http://triblive.com/local/westmoreland/13657991-74/lawyers-say-new-dna-evidence-proves-john-kunco-innocent-of-new-kensington Backstory on Kunco.
Another junk forensic bitemark case gets reversed – Swinton exonerated after 17 years – DAs still using bitemarks
This makes 30 cases the infamous practitioners of “forensic” odontology have contributed to false convictions and indictments. Needless to say, the few existing adherents to bitemark voodoo are still alive and well as members of the American Academy of … Continue reading
Battle for freedom in another bitemark conviction heats up – DNA evidence from crime scene including murder weapon #AAFS
The John Kunco case in Pennsylvania goes back in my case archives for over 12 years. Early in Mr. Kunco’s post conviction appeals, the opinions of two famous bitemark experts ( at least as far as they are concerned ) … Continue reading
All of this is very interesting, but is not yet ready for Prime Time by any means. Humoral changes after death are many and extremely varied. Of course, DNA structures are now being looked at the University of Perth, Australia, … Continue reading
Originally posted on FORENSICS and LAW in FOCUS @ CSIDDS | News and Trends:
This National DA Assoc president works in San Bernardino County, among other things a place where bitemarks helped put an innocent Bill Richards in prison for 23 years.…
Anti-Junk forensics legislation continues to use bitemark “identifications” in the battle against false convictions.
Keith Harvard. Conviction in 1982. Released in 2016. So far, two states in the US have generated new laws which allow inmates to contest dubious, outmoded or outright false claims of forensic ‘experts’ used to aid their convictions. Texas and … Continue reading