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Monday, October 13, 2008

Three Part Investigation into the 19 Wrongful Convictions in Dallas County

From dallasnews.com: For nearly a century, police and prosecutors have been on notice that relying on eyewitness testimony is risky. But that hasn't stopped them from using it to prosecute cases - sometimes sending the innocent to prison. The Dallas Morning News spent most of this year investigating Dallas County's 19 DNA exonerations as well as current felony cases to document flaws in the witness identification process.

The investigation has led to a three part series highlighting how these mistakes occur:

Part 1: How photo lineups lead to wrongful convictions

  • Rape victim studying science of memory after man dies serving wrongful sentence
  • Police have a history of violating photo lineup best practices
  • Faulty eyewitness convictions date to early 1900s

Part 2: The problems with "showups"

  • DNA exoneree was mistakenly identified twice in one day

Part 3: Police, prosecutors still embrace eyewitness testimony

Read the series. . . [Bobbi Madonna]

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