Tuesday, August 25, 2015

How the Flawed Science of Bite Mark Analysis Put an Innocent Man behind Bars

An article in the Intercept takes a detailed look at the flawed science of bite mark analysis and the case of Bill Richards, a California man who was convicted in 1997 of murdering his wife, Pamela. Richards’ conviction was primarily based on the testimony of forensic odontologist Dr. Norman Sperber, who concluded that a photograph of a possible bite mark on Pamela’s hand specifically matched Richards’ dentition. According to the Intercept, not only did Sperber claim that Richards’ teeth matched the mark, but he also testified that only “one or two or less” out of 100 people would have such unique dentition. Dr. Greg Golden, an odontologist called by the defense, also testified and eventually agreed with Sperber’s conclusion that only about two percent of the population would have similar dentition.

More:  https://firstlook.org/theintercept/2015/08/20/flawed-science-of-bite-marks/

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