A List of Forensic Scandals

Monday, August 23rd, 2010

Over the weekend someone sent me this (not nearly comprehensive) list of forensic scandals. It includes a few I hadn’t heard about. Including this one:

In one case, Dr. Campbell claimed to identify to a medical certainty the body of Melody Cutlip; the real Melody Cutlip was later found alive and well in Florida.

Dr. Campbell has also testified beyond the limits of acceptable science in his field, stating in court that bite marks matched to a reasonable degree of medical or dental certainty.

Bio: Dr. Campbell is an active member of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences and also a past president.

As you might have guessed, Dr. Campbell is a bite mark specialist. In fact, he’s considered one of the country’s best.

It’s worth noting that Campbell also testified in favor of wrongly convicted Ray Krone, whose exoneration led to defense attorney Christopher Plourd’s “competency test” on Michael West.

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7 Responses to “A List of Forensic Scandals”

  1. #1 |  SJE | 

    There should be a State and Federal database on the testimony and outcome of forensic experts, so that we can uncover such BS.
    That said, at least Campbell is not just a shill for the prosecution.

  2. #2 |  Marty | 

    my outrage about the abuse dished out by these ‘experts’ is balanced out by my relief that this isn’t another mosque argument.

  3. #3 |  JOR | 

    Marty, don’t jinx the comment threads.

  4. #4 |  ChrisD | 

    This Marty sounds suspiciously like an illegal alien to me.

  5. #5 |  Rick H. | 

    The Justice Denied piece is interesting, but damn is that text hard to read. I wish whoever copied ‘n’ pasted it had fixed the formatting.

  6. #6 |  SJE | 

    There are more stories about Campbell testifying in bogus cases that just don’t make sense.

  7. #7 |  Duncan20903 | 

    This reminds me of the CSI Las Vegas episode which cast Ned Beatty as a serial killer who provided low cost dental procedures to the poor and was also an expert in forensic odentology. The CSI’s had to figure out how he had manipulated his bite prints so that his bite print that was on file didn’t match the ones found on the victim. Thank god that the show’s scriptwriters were on the side of justice because they likely would never have figured it out otherwise.