Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Bitemark Evidence: Not all it's cracked up to be??


by blogger bcs

According to a new study, bitemark evidence and analysis should be viewed with caution. In the past, the individuality of bitemarks has often been conpared to the individuality of fingerprints. Over the years, based on this misconception bitemark evidence has falsely convicted several people, who had their convictions overturned thanks to awesome power of DNA. This study marks the first time that human skin was used in a bitemark study, so the results were more along the lines of what would be seen in the field. Hopefully, this study will help forensic odentologists to convey to jurors, that while bitemark evidence can be an effective forensic tool, it is not as reliable as DNA, or fingerprints.

In the past 10 years, the number of court cases involving bitemark evidence that have been overturned led us to question the reasons for the erroneous bitemark identification. It's important to recognize the serious consequences of a misidentification for the accused, the victim, the families involved, the justice system and the possibility that the perpetrator is still at large.

12 comments:

Heavy Hitter said...

Hey Man. I am a CSI out in NJ and subscribed via my google news feeder to your blog. You post some pretty interesting topics but no annotations. You have an email address? Some of these topics (i.e the bitemark article and the fingerprint on metal article) I would love to read further.

Anonymous said...

Can someone cite me to the referenced study?

keith.h.hodges@conus.army.mil

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