Ban on Bite Mark Evidence

Coverage of the Texas Forensic Science Commission ban on the use of bite mark evidence at the New York Times, Wall Street Journal blogWashington Post, and the Dallas Morning News.  “An influential scientific commission in Texas called Friday for a halt in the use of bite-mark identifications in criminal trials, concluding that the validity of the technique has not been scientifically established.”  “We concluded that bite marks should not be admitted in criminal cases at this point,” Vincent Di Maio, a former medical examiner and chairman of the commission, said in a telephone interview. “We feel it does not meet the standards of forensic science.”

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