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Kentucky Man to Celebrate First Christmas with his Family in 14 Years

Kerry Porter was granted an official exoneration and was released from prison on Monday after spending 14 years in prison for a murder that he always maintained was committed by another person. The Kentucky Innocence Project in conjunction with Louisville Metro Police re-investigated the case and uncovered new evidence which helped free Porter. Metro Police …

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MA Deputy Police Chief Discusses Line-up Reforms in CT

Wellesley Deputy Chief of Police William Brooks spoke before a legislative task force in CT in mid-November to discuss the feasibility of implementing best practices for criminal line-ups, particularly in small police departments. Studies have shown that when suspects in line-ups are shown to witnesses one-by-one, accuracy rates improve. When presented with each photo individually, …

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Troy Davis Debate Highlights Importance of Eyewitness Identification Reform

The debate over the death penalty in the United States was brought to the forefront last week with the execution of Troy Anthony Davis. A secondary issue to emerge from the debate is the need for eyewitness identification reform in police stations and courtrooms across the country. Media reports confirmed that seven of the nine …

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Troy Anthony Davis Denied Clemency

In an article published today by Slate, Universtiy of Virginia Law Professor and author Brandon Garrett details the eyewitness identification procedures used when investigating the Troy Anthony Davis case. Garrett explains how the lineups were not double-blind and were suggestive to the witnesses. Furthermore, Garrett states that the photo lineups were not conducted until at …

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Troy Davis’ Fourth Execution Date Set for September 21st

Troy Davis, a Georgia man convicted of the 1989 murder of a police officer, is scheduled to be executed nine days from today. His conviction rests entirely on the testimony of nine witnesses, seven of whom have since recanted, claiming they were coerced by the police. Of the two holdout witnesses, one, Sylvester “Redd” Coles, …

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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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Free After Thirty Years

This week Cornelius Dupree, Jr. was declared an innocent man after serving more than three decades for a crime he did not commit. Dupree was charged in Dallas, TX in 1980of rape and robbery. The conviction was based largely on a faulty witness identification. Earlier this year, DNA evidence from the rape proved that Dupree …

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Connecticut Supreme Court Declines to Rule on Important Innocence Issue

This week, the Connecticut Supreme Court unanimously upheld J’Veil Outing’s 2005 murder conviction. Outing was linked to the murder by two eyewitnesses, who have both since recanted. No scientific or ballistic evidence links Outing to the crime.

Outing wanted to introduce expert testimony about the unreliability of eyewitness identifications. The testimony would have focused on recent …

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