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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.

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Authorities want innocence certificate vacated in case of man cleared by DNA

In the years since DNA pointed toward Bennie Starks’ innocence in the rape and beating of a woman in Waukegan, Lake County authorities have worked persistently but unsuccessfully to continue holding him accountable for the attack.

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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 …

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A new forensics bill approved in California

This article is by Radely Balko – original here California’s state Senate has just approved an important new bill that would help people convicted of crimes due to bad science win new trials. Let’s hope it gets passed into law. One of the most important things we’ve learned from DNA testing is …

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William Richards – An usual case…

Man serving life term loses bid to overturn murder conviction The California Supreme Court says that William Richards, 63, had failed to prove his innocence in the 1993 killing of his wife, even though forensic evidence used against him was later discredited. “But when you’ve got the expert who testified …

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Its not only pattern analysis that can be fallible – how about DNA?

Fallible DNA evidence can mean prison or freedom YOU are the juror: would you trust DNA evidence? Most people regard it as near infallible- it produces the right result or no result, exonerating the innocent and securing convictions where other evidence fails. But DNA is not as objective as you …

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AP: Bitemarks derided as unreliable in Court

Amanda Lee Myers from AP has written this piece on bitemarks telling both sides of the argument At least 24 men convicted or charged with murder or rape based on bite marks on the flesh of victims have been exonerated since 2000, many after spending more than a decade in …

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Robert Lee Stinson

Robert Lee Stinson served over 23 years in a Wisconsin prison for a brutal rape and murder DNA proves he did not commit. He was convicted based on the improper and unvalidated expert testimony of a bite-mark analyst whose conclusions were uncontested at trial. The Crime Early in the morning …

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