Political Gnashing of Teeth Over Bite Mark Evidence

On Monday, the Texas Forensic Science Commission met to discuss the future of bite mark evidence. The American Board of Forensic Odontology (ABFO), the organization that certifies dentists to analyze bite mark evidence, opposes any change that would completely exclude the use of bite mark evidence as forensic evidence, while conceding that bite mark evidence cannot be given conclusory power. Nonetheless, the Commission discussed the fact that a recent study by the ABFO found that analysts were unable to agree upon which injuries were human bites on human skin. The Innocence Project and Steven Chaney, who was released from prison last month following a finding that the bite mark evidence that put him away in 1987 was invalid, were present at the Commission meeting.

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