Archive for August, 2011

Law Enforcement Procedures May Evolve as Eyewitness Identification is Re-Examined in Court

NEIP Board Member Stanley Fisher, a professor at Boston University School of Law, was quoted in an August 28th New York Times article discussing the fallibility of eyewitness identification. Since the Supreme Court last examined the issue of eyewitness identification in 1977, more than 2,000 studies relating to the fragility of memory have been published. …

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Landmark Decision Mandating Major Changes in the Way Courts Handle Identification Procedures was issued today by the New Jersey Supreme Court

Relying on Scientific Research on Memory and Identification, Court Says
Standard Set by U.S. Supreme Court 30 Years Ago Must Be Revised

(Trenton, NJ – August 24, 2011) — Today the New Jersey Supreme Court issued a landmark decision requiring major changes in the way courts are required to evaluate identification evidence at trial and how they …

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Supreme Court to Re-visit the Role of Eyewitness Identification

For the first time since 1977, the Supreme Court will re-visit the issue of eyewitness identification this November in the case of Perry v. New Hampshire. Barion Perry was convicted of theft and while two eyewitnesses placed him in the parking lot where the theft occurred, neither saw him actually commit the act. He admits …

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West Memphis Three Released Last Friday

The high profile case of the West Memphis Three took a surprising turn last week when Damien Echols, Jason Baldwin and Jessie Misskelley Jr., who were convicted of the murders of three boys in 1993, entered Alford guilty pleas which allowed them to maintain their innocence while conceding that the state had enough evidence to …

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Nine Years After Exoneration, Antoine Day Receives Certificate of Innocence

After spending 10 years in prison for a murder that he did not commit, then waiting 9 more after his exoneration, Life After Innocence exoneree Antoine Day was granted a Certificate of Innocence this week from Judge Paul Biebel. The certificate will help Antoine receive funds to compensate him for the time he spent behind …

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