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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...

Senn at Presidential Committee

Once again Dr David Senn, who reminds us that he is not in the ABFO leadership and yet he is always popping up representing and advocating for bitemarks, is defending bitemarks in a curious twist that presents the evidence as a major source of securing innocence? First at NAS, then at NACDL, then at TSFC and recently a stunningly soporific interview on NPR just a few 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...

Fascinating use of 3D printing for identification

The University of South Florida is asking students to help in the resolution of cold cases - by using 3D printing technology to produce models of human skulls that can then be used to undertake facial reconstructions. Skulls are scanned using CT scanners and the resultant digital files can then be downloaded to remote 3D printers to render close to exact replicas of the more...

Another “expert” states BMs are junk science

The news sites are full of stories of the latest case involving bitemarks.  This is the case of Crystal Dawn Weimer a 38 year old woman from Fayette County - around 40 miles south of Pittsburgh. Weimer was accused (and convicted) of the 2001 beating and murder of Curtis Haith, 21 in 2006 when she was sentanced to 15 to 30 years in prison. Part of the convicting more...

The Terry Driver Case

This case, from Abbotsford, British Columbia is of interest to all odontologists - it features the collection of saliva from a bitemark, and, demonstrates the tenacity of saliva - the DNA was recovered many hours after death, and in water. This case was featured in a Journal of Forensic Science article form 1999; where David Sweet describes the appearance of the more...

Fudged Forensics & Faulty Witnesses: “The Science Of Justice”

Awesome presentation from the World of Science series and surprised that I missed it first time around.  Don't want you to - so here it is. Arguably the usual suspects in terms of the experts, but then, they are probably the best around in relation to this issue. Have a look and then use the review tool to let us know what you more...

Bitemark expert defends science – but “sure cant think of a way” to prove it.

One from the archives.  Lowell Levine is interviewed by CNN who are examining the errors in the Krone case. While Levine was not part of the Krone case, and admits errors were made, he defends the use of bitemarks in criminal cases. He states that while he believes that they are not "junk science" he admits that he cannot think of a way to scientifically validate more...

Sheriff Who Caught Ted Bundy Recalls Chilling Details of the Investigation – the legitimisation of bitemarks

As one of the most notorious serial killers in history, Ted Bundy has become part of American folklore and his case featured bitemarks.  Indeed can be argued that Bundy bitemark case placed the emerging science on a sure footing and the technique became mainstream.  It must be good because it helped convict this dreadful man.  Surely? When he was more...