Appeal Case

Danny Hill’s Appeal Denied

A long running case with flawed bitemark evidence at its heart has reached a new hurdle.  While the judge agreed that the BM evidence was poor, could not be used to link to a suspect and is this case was given inappropriate weight, she felt that, even with the bitemark excluded the outcome would still have been the same. Here is the reporting from Youngstown News - you more...

Video from Texas Committee

This is the video that just been released showing the landmark committee decision to recommend banning bitemark evidence in Texas Courts. The video starts at the point that the committee begins the presentation by lead Counsel, Lynn Garcia, on the findings of the sub committee - and then you can watch the entire presentation and more...

Bitemark evidence is junk science – until research shows otherwise

Here is how the Houston Post described the findings from the Texas Forensic Science Commission. Why not listen to the NPR interview with Chris Fabricant on the impact of this finding here. There were bite marks on John Sweek's arm when police found him stabbed to death on his kitchen floor in 1987. Dallas County prosecutors charged Steven Chaney with the murder — he more...

Fabricant on TPR describes impact of Texas decision

Following the landmark decision of the Texas Forensic Science Commission to recommend a ban on the use of bitemarks, Chris Fabricant, Director of Strategic Litigation at the Innocence Project, talks to TPR on the reasons behind, and the impact of, the decision. Replaying some of Dr David Senn's earlier interview on the same show (listen here) Fabricant explains the more...

Texas decision spreads worldwide

This article from the BBC shows the impact of the Texas decision and why, while many may have hoped that it would be restricted to Texas, it will have an enduring impact on justice systems worldwide. "I personally never could believe or understand the bite mark testimony, and some of the rest of the family couldn't either,"  "We wanted to believe we had the right people. more...

Neufeld Speaks on Forensic Science

Peter Neufeld talks to Here&Now and raises issues in relation to forensic science including bitemarks. You can listen to the programme by clicking the play button at the bottom of this post. Neufeld is the co-founder and co-director of the New York Innocence Project - one of the most active IPs in the United States and, with their strategic litigation programme, more...

Lives in balance piece reminds us what is important

While the experts continue to fight it out over what scientific basis there is for bitemarks and how far the evidence can be relied upon this piece from the New York Times reminds us that there are people at the end of these arguments. Its difficult to think of something worse than being wrongfully convicted, but the damaged lives of those at the wrong end of forensic more...

Not just US bitemark cases under scrutiny…

So there has been an overwhelming number of wrongful conviction cases from the US - but to suppose that this is a US based problem would be wrong.  There is the fact that the US is a large country and has an active innocence movement - it doesn't mean that the US justice system is worse than any other. A recent case from Taiwan demonstrates this.  A 2000 case of a man more...

Senn & Potkin at NACDL

https://vimeo.com/147972395 David Senn has long been a vocal spokesperson for bitemarks and the ABFO.  However, his views on bitemarks have changed over the years. Nothing different in that surely?  However, the interesting thing is that Senn was once one of those calling for caution, stating in his NAS presentation that the scientific basis for bitemarks hadn't more...

Krone and others discuss bitemarks at the With Conviction Conference

A University of Arizona project - the journalistic group hosted a range of panel discussions, but this one, where Ray Krone joins the discussion is a further example of the unease developing in the judicial, scientific and media spaces around bitemarks. As a prosecutor I would advise other prosecutors to stay away from bitemark analysis, stay well clear Kathleen Mayer - more...