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Mike West fires final bullet into bitemark science…

Those reading this current news item must have been struck by the paradox; it was Mike West that focussed so much attention on bitemarks and now, finally, he has admitted that they are not safe for use in Courts. While many would disagree with him, this is none the less a stunning comment from one […]

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Another BM case hits the appeal courts

When used in expert testimony at a criminal trial, terms like “incisal edge” and “the diastema of the two teeth” sound convincingly scientific. Oral surgeon Dr. Curtis Mertz — who had trained at the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology at Walter Reed Hospital and was certified by the American Board of Forensic Odontology — used […]

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KEM forensic odontology expert helps in conviction

This is a first such success for the KEM Hospital forensic odontologist in Mumbai. “This case was reported to us within 24 hours of the incident. She was taken to BYL Nair Hospital’s forensic department who referred her to us. We successfully managed to get the impression of the accused teeth and match it,” said […]

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Leading odont excludes suspect

A toddler who died of head injuries after being rushed to Victoria General Hospital on April 9, 2008, had high levels of a drug commonly found in over-the-counter cold medications, a forensic toxicologist testified Monday in B.C. Supreme Court. Dr. William Schreiber, who is also an expert in clinical pathology, was testifying at the trial […]

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Balko Parts 2, 3 & 4 – The Bitemark Saga

Finally all published ! Radley Balko has completed his four part series on bitemarks.  Released during the AAFS 2015 meeting, they cause a considerable stir within the forensic community, not least among odonts – some of whom welcomed the overview while others felt it was an unwarranted attack. (more…)

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Evidence Based Bitemark Reports

IntroductionThis page considers the use of scientific evidence within bitemark analyses and report writing. Using examples the presentation shows how evidence from forensic science and wider health care literature can be used to inform and develop bitemark assessment. You can find a copy of the presentation on the right hand side (a full size version […]

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Balko has BM in his sights

Radly Balko – a reporter at the Washington Post and advocate for justice issues and reform in forensic science has released the first of a four part series looking at bitemarks. (more…)

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