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Monday, October 13, 2008

Three Part Investigation into the 19 Wrongful Convictions in Dallas County

From 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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Sunday, October 12, 2008

Barry Friedman New York University School of Law


Research Constitutional Theory Federal Jurisdiction Federalism Fourth Amendment Judicial Behavior Judicial Review


J.D., Georgetown University Law Center, 1982

B.A., University of Chicago, 1978


Vice Dean, 2007

Jacob D. Fuchsberg Professor of Law, 2003

Professor of Law, 2000

Visiting Professor of Law, 1998

Other Appointments

Professor of Law, Vanderbilt University Law School, 1991

Associate Professor of Law, Vanderbilt University Law School, 1989

Assistant Professor of Law, Vanderbilt University Law School, 1986


The Will of the People (Farrar, Strauss and Giroux, forthcoming)

"On the Relationship between Ideological Homogeneity and Consequential Constitutional Decisions," 10 Pennsylvania Journal of Constitutional Law  361 (2008) (with Lee Epstein and Nancy Staudt)

"Toward a Political Theory of Constitutional Default Rules," 33 Florida State University Law Review  825 (2006) (with John Ferejohn) [Mark Godsey]

October 12, 2008 in Weekly CrimProf Spotlight | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack (0)