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Leigh Stubbs and Tami Vance to be released in innocence case

Remember Leigh Stubbs and the “lesbian bite mark case”— that case where Michael West testified as an expert on both video enhancement and bite marks (he testified he could tell those bite marks were the bite marks of lesbians.  Seriously).

Radley Balko reports that the Mississippi Innocence Project is on the verge of obtaining the release of Leigh Stubbs and Tami Vance in those cases.

I just heard from the Mississippi Innocence Project that Leigh Stubbs and Tami Vance will soon be released from prison. This is fantastic news. They’ll be transferred to a local jail and will be able to post bond as soon as the judge signs an order vacating their convictions. Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood will then decide if he wants to try them again.

Stubbs was convicted based on particularly absurd testimony from Michael West. West’s testimony was particularly absurd in this case. He not only gave his “expert” opinion with respect to his usual bite mark quackery, but also in videography (enhance!), and some bizarre theory about the crime patterns of lesbians. (A male dentist in Hattiesburg, Mississippi would naturally be who’d I’d turn to for expertise on lesbian domestic violence.)

My Huffington Post article on the case here. Check here to watch the video of West actually using a dental mold of Stubbs’ teeth to create the bite mark that he’d later testify came from Stubbs on the night of the alleged crime.

Kudos to the Mississippi Innocence Project for their great work on this case. I’ll have more later.

I have been told that West has retracted his claims of bite mark expertise, so lets hope this is the end of this one and Leigh and Tami can try to get their lives back.

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