For my colleague, Mike Bowers.
I believe there are 24 cases wherein erroneous bite mark testimony swayed the jury in capital murder trials. Understandable. It’s powerful, “sexy” evidence, and a presentation is worth a thousand pictures.
My peers in the field of Forensic Odontology, have made scads of money as consultants, and rightly so. To defend one’s professional opinion in a bite mark case takes guts, and the glitzier the presentation, the more polished the oration, curries favor.
But, it comes at the cost of personal integrity, for how can one accept being responsible for the loss of freedom of another person’s life, incurred in part , by ones own error in judgment, after DNA testing has proven to exonerate that individual?
For some experts, if their testimony was within reasonable bounds of the law, they feel justified, because to the best of their ability, they have “made their call”, and delivered what they consider…
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