Bitemark Evidence by Robert B.J. Dorion

By Robert B.J. Dorion

Different odontology texts dedicate a trifling few pages or perhaps a bankruptcy on bitemark facts. This publication is just dedicated to bitemarks and includes every little thing that you just desired to learn about the subject, together with minutae that might make an odontologist's ft curl. The textual content starts with a slightly designated heritage of landmark instances that used bitemark facts to spot perpetrators of a criminal offense (see Ted Bundy). the remainder of the publication takes the reader throughout the sequential strategy of bitemark id, from the anatomy and body structure of bitemarks to the technical elements of amassing, learning, and examining information from a customary bitemark case. The booklet is encumbered with colour and b/w images. there's additionally a really specific part on presentation of bitemark facts in courtroom, in addition to the arguable subject of reliability of bitemark info because the sole technique of absolutely settling on criminals in a court docket of legislation. certainly, the publication is concept-heavy and overly targeted for the normal forensics fanatic (they might, dare I write it, locate it a run of the mill read); but when you are within the career of forensics, if it is pathology, odontology, or anthropology, or are pondering pursuing it down the line, this ebook could function an excellent source on your forensics armamentarium.

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Finding that all three experts disagreed with the prosecution position, he obtained additional opinions. Ultimately, 11 ABFO odontologists stated their disagreement with the prosecution expert’s findings and submitted affidavits to that effect [70]. On July 3, 1990, the Court of Criminal Appeals ordered an evidentiary hearing by the District Court, which was held in August, October, and December of that year. Since there was an issue regarding the significance of finding Candida albicans and Bacteroides on the victim, a microbiology professor testified that these organisms are extremely common in the human mouth.

However, he stated that ‘‘Many commentators and defense attorneys have criticized bite mark identification, arguing that the scientific process involved is unproven’’ [79,81]. ’’ Interestingly, this article recommends that courts should adopt the procedures used in State v. Stokes [82]. ’’ The 1993 case of Daubert v. Merrell Dow Pharmeceuticals raised questions about the admissibility of scientific evidence that had implications for all the forensic sciences, including bitemark evidence [83]. Previously, courts in 45 states followed the Frye rule, which required that in introducing a new technique, there must be general acceptance of the underlying scientific principle or discovery in the field in which it belongs [84].

Dr. Vale also testified for the prosecution as to the admissibility of bitemark evidence [55]. The year 1979 was also the year that the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio Dental School instituted the Southwest Symposium on Forensic Dentistry. As with the AFIP course, the excellent program in Texas soon earned the reputation of being one of the ‘‘must take’’ courses for those seriously interested in forensic dentistry. Other programs that offer valuable training in forensic dentistry (including bitemark analysis) have also become History of Bitemark Evidence 17 available.

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