Innocence Project Argues Bite Mark Case

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Professor Carrington

By: Prof. Phil Broadhead

Professor Tucker Carrington, director of the Mississippi Innocence Project, appeared before the Supreme Court in oral argument on June 23rd in the case of Eddie Lee Howard v. State, a death penalty conviction based on forensic “bite mark” identification.  The admissibility of this type of expert testimony has been repudiated in recent years by the American Board of Forensic Odontology.  The dentist who testified for the prosecution in the Howard case recently stated, “I can no longer rely on bite marks as a truth.”  Bite mark identification has been under heavy scrutiny since the 2008 report to Congress by the National Academy of Science questioning the reliability as forensic evidence.

Watch the oral argument.  

Read the Clarion Ledger story.