Wednesday, September 13, 2017
Michael J. Saks, Thomas Albright, Barbara E. Bierer, Thomas L. Bohan, C. Michael Bowers, Mary A. Bush, Peter J. Bush, Arturo Casadevall, Simon A. Cole, M. Bonner Denton, Shari Seidman Diamond, Rachel Dioso-Villa, Jules Epstein, David L. Faigman, Lisa Snyder Faigman, Stephen E Fienberg, Brandon L. Garrett, Paul C. Giannelli, Henry T. Greely, Edward J. Imwinkelried, Allan Jamieson, Karen Kafadar, Jerome P. Kassirer, Jonathan J. Koehler, David Korn, Jennifer Mnookin, Alan B. Morrison, Erin Murphy, Nizam Peerwani, Joseph L. Peterson, D. Michael Risinger, George Sensabaugh, Cliff Spiegelman, Hal S. Stern, William C. Thompson, James L. Wayman, Sandy Zabell and Ross E. Zumwalt (Arizona State University (ASU) - Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law, Salk Institute for Biological Studies, Harvard Medical School, Forensic Specialties Accreditation Board, Private Practice of Dentistry, State University of New York at Buffalo, State University of New York (SUNY), Johns Hopkins University - School of Hygiene and Public Health, University of California, Irvine - Department of Criminology, Law and Society, University of Arizona, Northwestern University, School of Law & American Bar Foundation, Griffith University - School of Criminology and Criminal Justice, Temple University - James E. Beasley School of Law, University of California Hastings College of the Law, University of California Hastings College of the Law, Carnegie Mellon University - H. John Heinz III School of Public Policy and Management, University of Virginia School of Law, Case Western Reserve University School of Law, Stanford Law School, University of California, Davis - School of Law, The Forensic Institute, University of Virginia, Tufts University, Northwestern University - Pritzker School of Law, Harvard Medical School, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) - School of Law, George Washington University - Law School, New York University School of Law, Office of the Medical Examiner, Tarrant County, TX, California State University, Los Angeles, Seton Hall University School of Law, University of California, Berkeley - School of Public Health, Texas A&M University, University of California, Irvine - Department of Statistics, University of California, Irvine - Department of Criminology, Law and Society, San Jose State University, Northwestern University and University of New Mexico) have posted Forensic Bitemark Identification: Weak Foundations, Exaggerated Claims (Journal of Law and the Biosciences, Vol. 3, No. 3, 538-575) on SSRN. Here is the abstract:
Several forensic sciences, especially of the pattern-matching kind, are increasingly seen to lack the scientific foundation needed to justify continuing admission as trial evidence. Indeed, several have been abolished in the recent past. A likely next candidate for elimination is bitemark identification. A number of DNA exonerations have occurred in recent years for individuals convicted based on erroneous bitemark identifications. Intense scientific and legal scrutiny has resulted. An important National Academies review found little scientific support for the field.