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ABFO Bitemark Expert and City of Warren Settle Case for Over $2.8M

Newspapers across the midwest are reporting on another unfortunate bitemark case that has resurfaced.  Jeffrey Moldowan was convicted and spent nearly 12 years in prison based on bitemark evidence prior to being exonerated.  The wrongfully convicted Moldowan brought suit against the city and the dentist who gave the faulty opinion. The case was settled yesterday for $2.8 million dollars. The city will pay a $250,000 deductible and insurance will pay the rest. Earlier in the month an agreement was made for the forensic odontologist to pay $200,000. The forensic dentist testified in court that the bitemarks found on the body were consistent with the teeth of the defendant and that the “chances are 2.1 billion to 1 that another individual can make those same marks”. The forensic dentist in this case has had a number of other cases where he mis-identified bitemarks leading to wrongful convictions. This case and others resulting in wrongful conditions are discussed in the textbook Bitemark Evidence: A Color Atlas and Text edited by Dr. Robert Dorion.

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