Journal of the American Dental Association Publishes Editorial Discussing Unsubstantiated “Science” of Bitemark Evidence

By Dr. David Averill, and Dr. Michael Bowers

Dr. Mary Bush has authored a guest editorial in the September 2011 issue of the Journal of the American Dental Association. She states that bitemark analysis is not validated, yet has been accepted into the courts without substantiating empirical evidence. According to Bush, this has placed innocent individuals accused of crimes at serious risk. This also has undermined the credibility of the criminal justice system. Dr. Bush is one of a team of researchers at the University of Buffalo who have recently published a series of research papers, which show that bitemarks in skin do not reflect the actual dental characteristics of the biter in controlled experiments due to the properties of skin distortion.