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Thursday, August 25, 2011

Eyewitness ID
 
The New Jersey Supreme Court's decision making it easier to challenge eyewitness identifications is a great development. Such identifications are more unreliable than people realize and, even more than false confessions, are a fertile source of wrongful convictions.
 
7:23 am est

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Harmful Error
 
False Confessions are hardly the only source of injustice. The New York Times recently ran an article about a man who may have served an extra year in prison because of a typographical error. (He was apparently sentenced to two years, but the transcript erroneously said three.) His protests were ignored until it was too late.  The article quotes his attorney as saying that the case reflects a system that is "unfairly skeptical and flippant toward defendants." Exactly.  
 
8:10 am est


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