Tag Archives: Bitemarks

Familiar? Another bitemark conviction getting a DNA-based look after 16 years

Forensic science is not immune to the need for retesting and consideration of its’ flawed methods -Anon The number of exonerations in the US is probably going to increase with the addition of ‘new DNA technology’ evidence recovered from a … Continue reading

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Musings of the bitemarkers while at #AAFS2017 in NOLA

Its always so thrilling to read about certain bitemarker oral presentations at the annual American Academy meetings. Some of this tribe’s upstanding founders and veterans bring out their guns to profess what they can do. It’s also an always impressive … Continue reading

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Bitemarkers double-down with a “pay-to-play” membership drive #AAFS2017

The on-going American Academy of Forensic Science meeting in New Orleans is a wealth of information on how its varied membership and disciplines manage their little fiefdoms every year. The bitemarkers (American Board of Forensic Odontology) membership numbers are dwindling. … Continue reading

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#AAFS 2017 : Watch out for the ‘ATTACK of the bite mark matchers’ in NOLA

Have a look at this in depth  Washington Post series about certain ‘scientific’ AAFS members who will be showing off their wares in the Odontology Section this week. This is a small bunch of believers. Two Odontology members, Cynthia Brzozowki … Continue reading

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More scientists gang up against the bitemarkers – Oxford University Press -#AAFS2017

It’s just a dental journal (see pg. 68), but this op-ed piece may be the FIRST time organized dentistry has spoken out about the flim-flam of bitemark ‘science.’ The anonymous author is quietly referencing a recent publication from the Journal … Continue reading

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Read about the last $$ spent on bitemark research- A waste of $700K

The now lame-duck President’s Council on Sci Tech tried to lay this junk to rest in 2016. The NIJ funded $700K in 2006 to have these two guys study pig skin bitemarks and to make something called “Tom’s toolbox.” http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/tech/science/2008-05-14-3530693888_x.htm

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Election non-relief: Judges allowing risky “probably” forensic opinions

Bitemarks lead the list: NIST speaker reveals……. Conference: The 5 Problems That Stand Between Scientists and the Courtroom [excerpt:] Epstein showed the results of a recent survey of odonatologists that asked three questions about the reliability of bite marks. The … Continue reading

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Comparing DNA mixtures with Trueallele and STRmix gets mixed results

Where Traditional DNA Testing Fails, Algorithms Take Over Powerful software is solving more crimes and raising new questions about due process. [excerpt] Studies have only established the validity of the available software in certain circumstances (such as a DNA mixture … Continue reading

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Canadian wrongful conviction file totals 85 – funding diminishing

Innocence Canada struggling for funding for wrongfully convicted cases ‘I’m always frustrated with how long it takes us to do cases, in any event, but this is going to slow us down even more.’ A Newfoundland man who helps free … Continue reading

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Ballistics on the hot seat as being “too subjective” in final opinions

The premise in ballistics is that all these casings might be considered “unique.” This  “new look” at ballistics from the Aaron Hernandez conviction is similar to the back and forth decades-long argument against the now debunked “hair matching” in four … Continue reading

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