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Forensics: Despite this mess ABFO/AAFS dentists still proffer in courts. Most agree bitemark matching is junk science. Why is it still in courts?

Decertification by the AAFS/FSAB would help. This is an incredible failure of supposed forensic science “leadership.” Plus the bitemarkers are still promoted by the National Association of Medical Examiners. WTF? At least 27 people were exonerated after faulty bitemark matching … Continue reading

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Forensics: Another botched bitemark case. FL State Attorney’s Office identifies man wrongfully convicted of murder after 37 years. Office seeks prompt release of Robert DuBoise after newly discovered DNA proves his innocence

From Aug 2020. State Attorney’s Office identifies man wrongfully convicted of murder after 37 years. Office seeks prompt release of Robert DuBoise after newly discovered DNA proves his innocence – Office Of The State Attorney 13th Judicial Circuit Of Florida … Continue reading

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Forensics: The result of bs bitemark opinions. Man execution 15 years on death row for killing daughter is scheduled.

I know this case. There were 3 suspects. All had adult teeth which were incredibly similar. A Texas ABFO dentist claimed he could differentiate the defendant Bourgeois from the other 2. The skin patterns were distorted and wildly Photoshopped. The … Continue reading

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Forensics: Profiteering politician owns a plasma company run out of a condo.

Its a “luxury” condo though. Ex US senator says its all ok for the “better good.” For whom? http://www.huffpost.com/entry/trump-plasma-rick-santorum_n_5f9ec0dbc5b616c2f315c92d

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Forensics: The psych dissonance of the bitemarkers of the #AAFS. Thanks to @maxmhouck

Ditto from me. “We conclude by noting that the resistance to scientific challenge by the forensic odontologists in their editorial reflects the rear-guard defensiveness displayed by other forensic analysts and unprogressive prosecutors.” “The illogical defense of bite mark analysis by … Continue reading

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Forensics: Dundee and Glasgow take a look at the bitemarkers

Let’s see if prosecutors and the judiciary get the gumption and honesty to see this as the death knell for bitemark flim flam. Congrats to the Scots and Open Access publishing! https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s00414-019-02163-5

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Forensics: Forensic Dental ageing expert claims his claims of “science” shouldn’t be the only method. Why use it at all?

For years, these dentists have inappropriate claims of high percentages of accuracy to their adult versus juvenile ageing methods which they present in US immigration courts. This WaPo article summarizes how the federal controlled courts and prosecutors continue to use … Continue reading

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Forensics: let’s hear it for another biased and messed up Jack the Ripper case

This time its the Journal of Forensic Sciences that gets the gong for publishing a one-sided example of fumbled assumptions and disconnected exaggerations abt mitochondrial DNA. https://www.kxan.com/news/jack-the-ripper-identity-questioned-by-texas-state-research-professor/

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Forensics: Botched digital measurements led to 11 years in prison. New trial ordered.

DAs expert used a fancy software program to analyze a robbery vid. He botched it. The perp is short. This man is 6’3″. A jailhouse snitch lied during his trial. The DA was mute during all of it. https://www.dallasnews.com/news/courts/2019/09/12/texas-man-subject-of-netflix-doc-ordered-released-after-11-years-behind-bars/

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Flawed forensics and weak-kneed judges. Boilerplate arson experts, of course, claim absolute accuracy. A judge buys it

The judge below is a good guy, the Honorable Harry T. Edwards. Just another chapter in how judges can’t get away from looking at changes and evolution in forensics (this time its fire science) in the most restrictive sense via … Continue reading

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