The AP writes what we in the criminal defense field have known for some time: Bite mark identification is unreliable (witch craft) nonsense (sorry Dr. Souviron). The article is here.
Bite mark identification evidence first came into the popular conscience with the prosecution of Ted Bundy in Miami and the testimony of Coral Gables Dentist Dr. Richard Souviron:
Bite mark analysis hit the big time at Bundy's 1979 Florida trial.
On the night Bundy went on a killing spree that left two young women dead and three others seriously wounded, he savagely bit one of the murder victims, Lisa Levy. A Florida forensic dentist, Dr. Richard Souviron, testified at Bundy's murder trial that his unusual, mangled teeth were a match.
Bundy was found guilty and executed. The bite marks were considered the key piece of physical evidence against him...
Then came DNA testing. Beginning in the early 2000s, new evidence set free men serving prison time or awaiting the death penalty largely because of bite mark testimony that later proved faulty.
We The Journalists:
Ever wonder who that guy in the USC shirt, huddled in the back of Judge Thomas's courtroom sipping black coffee and using the wi-fi is?
Why it's ace Herald crime reporter David Ovalle, and the Society Of Professional Journalists ("going to jail to protect sources since 1972") did an article on our own REGJB crime reporter here.
David likes black coffee, golf, California, and long walks on the beach.
BOT: BOT is a DUI diversion program for first offenders. It was started in Orlando, and has since spread to Miami Dade, and now West Palm Beach. One guess which county isn't even considering it? Hint: about 27 miles north of the REGJB.
Another long hot week in a long hot summer. Stay cool and we'll See You In Court.