UK Law

UK Supreme Court recommends Jury Primers

The head of the UK Supreme Court has recommended Jury primers for forensic science in a piece called "Stop needless dispute of science in the courts" published in Nature this week. We have described the use of the Jury primers before - they present a means of showing the trier of fact the scope, and limitations of a science.  This helps jurys and keeps forensic 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...

BBC Exposes expert witnesses for hire – can you buy justice?

The BBCs leading documentary programme, Panorama, has undertaken an expose of expert witnesses in the UK. Looking at document examiners, a wildlife expert and a CCTV specialist they undertook secret filming of each. In every case the reporter indicates their guilt and yet the experts agree to prepare reports that would seek to exonerate them. While it is not clear how more...

Kevin Park – 22 Years for murder

A man who murdered his girlfriend’s two-year-old daughter while babysitting has been jailed for life. Bitemark evidence contributed to his conviction.  See earlier post here. more...

Jail sentence for man who bit two-year-old to stop them biting others

A man who bit a two-year old boy on the leg to show him how it hurt and stop him biting has been given a seven-week prison sentence. more...

Primers for jury’s – can it help limit bitemark “creep”?

Could a simple, easy to consume document, provide the protection we need against wrongful convictions? more...

World’s End murders: ‘Bite mark’ on Christine Eadie’s body

A retired odontologist has told the World's End murder trial that marks on Christine Eadie's body were a possible human bite mark.  more...

Madison Horn death: Bite mark ‘linked to murder accused’

An apparent bite mark on the left thigh of toddler Madison Horn could have been caused by the man accused of murdering her, a dental expert has told a court. more...

Kieser – No evidence of contextual bias in bitemarks

A few weeks ago we reported on the death of Jules Kieser - a leading odont researcher from New Zealand.  His last publication, currently in press at the journal Science and Justice - looks at the impact of contextual bias in bitemarks - and, interestingly, finds none. Contextual bias has been shown to impact other forensic disciplines, most famously finger prints (see more...

BBC Exposes expert witnesses for hire – can you buy justice?

The BBCs leading documentary programme, Panorama, has undertaken an expose of expert witnesses in the UK. Looking at document examiners, a wildlife expert and a CCTV specialist they undertook secret filming of each. In every case the reporter indicates their guilt and yet the experts agree to prepare reports that would seek to exonerate them. While it is not clear how more...