August 10, 2015

In this opinion piece, Jenner & Block Partner Gabriel A. Fuentes examines growing criticism of bite-mark evidence.  Mr. Fuentes explains that, in July alone, a high-ranking Obama administration official told a government-sponsored conference on managing forensic science error that bite-mark evidence should be “eradicated from forensic science.”  Then, a Chicago federal judge criticized the notion that an “expert” can reliably associate a bite mark left in a crime victim’s skin with a particular person.  Mr. Fuentes analyzes the implications of the recent criticism and urges courts to bring the “needed rigor to their tasks as gatekeepers of expert evidence, upon which lay juries rely so heavily.”