Texas on verge of recommending ban on bite mark evidence

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Posted: Feb 11, 2016 5:54 PM
Texas on verge of recommending ban on bite mark evidence

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas is on the verge of becoming the first state to formally call for a ban on bite mark evidence, which could influence judges across the U.S. and whether they will accept the disputed forensic science in courtrooms.

Members of the Texas Forensic Science Commission on Thursday moved ahead with recommending a moratorium on using bite mark evidence pending more research. A full commission vote is expected Friday.

The commission cannot outright ban bite mark evidence. But legal experts say a state scientific agency recommending even a temporary halt to the use of bite mark evidence would be unprecedented.

At least two dozen men convicted or charged with murder or rape based on bite marks have been exonerated nationwide since 2000.