( Log Out / Read more of the trial testimony if you are interested. His robust resume overflowed with case credentials from the FBI and Scotland Yard. His robust resume overflowed with case credentials from the FBI and Scotland Yard. Change ), You are commenting using your Facebook account. And note that Allgood doesn't say he stopped using West because West is unscientific. Kudos to all!! “If they (defense lawyers) wish to debate it in court, so be it.”, As for bite-mark analysis, he is leaving that to others, he said. That's at best. Innocence Project lawyers were able to show critical evidence was withheld at the time of the trial. The Judiciary’s public shaming of trial prosecutors as a means to achieve justice? This directory is for information purposes only and does not imply specific recommendation of any individual. Toolmark Testimony “I have a lot of lost years to make up for,” she said. Tomorrow, I'll have another investigative piece here at Reason about self-proclaimed Mississippi bite mark expert, Dr. Michael West. Allgood's clinging to West's testimony kept Brewer in prison an extra five years. This is yet another case that has wreaked havoc with the judicial system by offering West’s bogus expert opinion where he is once again the only one able to see the evidence that he describes. Post was not sent - check your email addresses! So why is this debunked forensic method still being used? "I don't want to do any more death information. “And if I was asked to testify in this case again, I would say I don’t believe it’s a system that’s reliable enough to be used in court.”, Whatever testimony he gave at the trial “was the truth to the best of my knowledge,” he said. We reserve the right to delete any comment for any reason at any time. Ive been exposed to a single Journal of Forensic Science article from 1984 that was … Continue reading →. "Certainly in some cases, not only Dr. West's cases, people disagreed with the results of odontology. West said a bite mark he found on the girl matched Jimmie Duncan, now on Louisiana’s death row. "Mike West was a pioneer in the field of forensic odontology at that time,” forensic odontologist Dr. Adam Freeman told the producers of “The Innocence Files.” As the docuseries shows, West utilized "direct comparison" when analyzing bite marks, placing teeth molds from suspects straight onto victims’ cadavers. Forensic odontology first made its presence known publicly during the infamous Ted Bundy trials. According to his resume, courts have recognized him as an expert in bite marks, child abuse, wound pattern analysis, crime scene reconstruction and ultraviolet photography. It would require two boyfriends, on occasions two years apart, who lived within miles of one another, to have each bitten the young daughters of their girlfriends while a third man, the same man, raped and killed the girls. When the video resumes the next day, a visible abrasion can be seen on her right cheek. The experts learned the technique from former ABFO member and now dis-credited forensic analyst, Dr. Michael West (see previous post). Hattiesburg man testified as expert in about 80 trials. But what prompted the new trial was West’s other testimony and evidence the prosecution didn’t turn over to the defense that could have been used to rebut it.
He rose to prominence in the 1980s as a self-proclaimed forensic dentistry expert, despite having no formal training in forensic science, based on bite mark analysis techniques he claimed to have invented and which could not be conducted by anyone else. I don't know what Allgood means by "years ago," but again, he was relying on West's testimony as late as 2007 to keep Kennedy Brewer in jail. Alternate light imaging that West pioneered is still being used today, said Dr. Robert Barsley, a Louisiana State University dental professor and the secretary of the American Academy of Forensic Science. Hood’s spokeswoman, Jan Schaefer, said he couldn’t comment on the case outside the court file and filings. Forensic Odontologist List. ‘If only someone had thought of this before! Eddie Lee Howard is on Mississippi’s death row because of West’s testimony, Carrington said. Any scientist who claims he has developed a test that only he can perform, and that can't be duplicated or photographed—as West did with his black light and yellow goggles method of identifying bite marks—isn't a scientist. The Innocence Project used Dr. Gregory Golden as the forensic dental photography expert who testified that the UV reflectance photographic technique was unreliable. Now West rejects the very science he relied on to help put so many behind bars. West Interpretation of Video West can then be seen pressing a plaster mold of the suspect’s teeth into her cheek. Not to mention the numerous cases that are adding up where innocent men have been wrongfully convicted of crimes that they did not commit due to his faulty testimony. "You spent your whole trial defending him as opposed to trying the defendant.". So one person in the entire forensic odontology world is wrong and now every one is a fraud? The experts learned the technique from former ABFO member and now dis-credited forensic analyst, Dr. Michael West (see previous post). West comes to the conclusion that the bitemark that he sees on the hip is from the teeth of Leigh Stubbs since “the corner of tooth #7 has a little sharp area, very minute… on the skin notice this red area, we have petechia….this is the area caused by the little notch on her tooth #7…..that dot, that dot and that dot represent three teeth.” “Its a pretty good relationship there, it falls short of what we need to make 100 percent.” “There is a high degree of correlation between those teeth and this injury on this girl’s leg”. A third man has since confessed to both crimes. West was accepted as an expert by courts all over the south.
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