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Act4Innocence in Pennsylvania Launch: Eyewitness Mis-Identifications & Wrongful Convictions

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The Pennsylvania Innocence Project has launched a powerful campaign to create better access to justice in Pennsylvania.  The Act4Innocence in Pennsylvania Campaign aims to support the implementation of practices that will better protect the innocent such as revitalized eyewitness identification procedures, required recording of police interrogations of suspects, and increased oversight of government jailhouse informants.

The opening event for the Act4Innocence Campaign, co-sponsored with Arcadia University, is “Eyewitness Mis-Identification and Wrongful Convictions,” on Tuesday March 20, 2012, in the University Commons Building at Arcadia University in Glenside starting at 6 pm.

Since 1989, DNA testing has shown that over 290 people have been proven innocent for crimes of which they were convicted.  Overwhelmingly, the most common factor across those exonerations was the testimony of an eyewitness or victim who positively identified the exoneree as the perpetrator of the crime, but got it wrong.  This forum will explore how a person’s memory can be certain yet still mistaken.  Panelists include:

  • Marissa Bluestine, Legal Director, The Pennsylvania Innocence Project
  • Vincent Moto, Pennsylvania DNA Exoneree
  • Paul Hetznecker, Civil Rights and Criminal Defense Attorney
  • Barbara Nodine, PhD., Professor of Psychology, Arcadia University
  • Hon. Paul Tressler, Judge, Montgomery County Court of Common Pleas
  • Allen Stewart, Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Arcadia University 450 S. Easton Road, Glenside, PA  19028

University Commons Building, in the Great Room

6-8 pm, Reception to follow Free and Open to the Public (no registration necessary)

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