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Category Archives: Witness Identifications

Will Pennsylvania Supreme Court Consider U.S. Supreme Court Message?

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If you saw someone commit a crime, would you be able to describe them accurately if questioned after the fact? Did you know that 75% of all wrongful convictions that […]

New Bill in Florida Proposes Double-Blind Lineups

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In what is a terrific step forward in reducing wrongful convictions resulting from eyewitness misidentification, the Florida State Senate unanimously passed a bill submitted by Sen. Joe Negron that requires […]

NJ Supreme Court Explores the Reliability of Witness Identification

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Larry Henderson claims that Camden, NJ police influenced a witness’ identification of him as an accomplice in the shooting of Rodney Harper, for which Henderson was convicted in 2004. Now, […]

Texas Senate Passes Bill Codifying Lineup Procedures

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The Texas Senate passed a bill that would require police to adopt written policies when conducting live and photo identification lineups. This is a big step in helping to reduce […]

Update: Prosecution Appeals a Special Jury Instruction Regarding Eyewitness Identification

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A few weeks ago, we wrote about a Florida armed-robbery trial that was set to include special jury instruction regarding eyewitness identification. Now, prosecutors wish to block a measure that […]

“A sad case of the wrong guy locked up”: VA Man Hopes to Be Released After 27 Years

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Cleared by DNA in two of the cases for which he’s been charged, Thomas Haynesworth has spent 27 years in prison for rape and other attacks, maintaining his innocence all […]

Death Row Inmate To be Retried Within 120 Days or Released

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For 26 years, James Lambert has been on death row proclaiming his innocence of a 1982 murder. Yesterday, the Third Circuit Court of Appeals ordered that if the Commonwealth does […]

Pennsylvania Man Released after 23 Years’ Incarceration

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Kenneth Shiffer was convicted of second degree murder in 1988 and sentenced to life in prison. On November 23, 2010, Shiffer was released from prison after serving 23 years. Shiffer […]

Exoneree Ferando Bermudez Speaks to Arcadia Students

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Last Monday, recent exoneree Fernando Bermudez addressed a packed room of Arcadia University students and professors to share with them his personal story, and to exhort them to “live your […]

Can a Prosecutors’ Office be Liable under Section 1983 for Failure to Train?

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On Wednesday, the Supreme Court heard argument in Connick v. Thompson. John Thompson was wrongfully convicted of murder and sentenced to death in 1985 in New Orleans. He was exonerated […]

Alibi Doesn’t Protect Innocent Philadelphia Teen from 5 Months’ Incarceration

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Even a videotaped alibi didn’t prevent Lionel Franks, an 18 year-old high school senior, from being incarcerated for five months for an attempted murder he didn’t commit. Before his arrest […]

Is it Intimidation When a DA Does It?

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The Pennsylvania Supreme Court is set to hear a case where a Philadelphia Assistant District Attorney prevented a confessed killer from testifying on behalf of another accused in the same […]

New Jersey Special Master Calls for Major Overhaul of Eyewitness Evidence

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For several months, a court in New Jersey held hearings at the request of the New Jersey Supreme Court to “test the current validity” of New Jersey’s standards on the […]

Justice comes after inmate’s death

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On Friday, March 19, Texas Governor Rick Perry granted the state’s first posthumous pardon to Tim Cole, according to a report by Elliott Blackburn of the Lubbock based Avalanche-Journal. Cole […]

Perils of Eyewitness Testimony Continue to Plague Courts

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Problems with eyewitness testimony in courts continue to raise concerns across the country. In a recent article, Do You Believe What Witnesses See?, the Baltimore Sun explores the unreliability of […]

CBS3 Interviews the Pennsylvania Innocence Project for Newsmakers

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Check out the video here!

Identification of the actual culprit jumps 40% when proper photo array procedures are followed

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A news team in Pittsburgh decided to test how well witnesses to a crime can identify an unknown culprit.  After staging a crime (where another student stole a laptop from […]

Former Dallas DA: I convicted an innocent man

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Today, the Dallas Morning News ran an editorial by James A. Fry, a former Assistant District Attorney who prosecuted Charles Chatman for aggravated rape.  Mr. Chatman was convicted but conclusively […]