Apparently eyewitness testimony has been a factor in over 80% of the wrongful convictions later overturned by DNA evidence. Other forensic “errors” (unvalidated techniques, improper testing, or analyst misconduct/testimony) has been a factor in roughly 50%.
Hopefully juries will eventually learn that forensic science, like any other science and human activity, is conducted by humans, and not infallible.
Eyewitness misidentification has played a role in more than 84 percent of all wrongful convictions exposed by DNA in Texas (and at least 40 percent of these eyewitness identifications involved a cross racial identification), according to the Innocence Project. In Texas, witness misidentification has been a large issue for Dallas County, playing a role in the majority of the county’s slew of exonerations. Since 2001, 21 people in Dallas County have had convictions overturned after DNA proved their innocence, reported the Associated Press. That’s a rate larger than any other county in Texas, and larger in fact than many other states in the U.S.
Please read the whole article here:
- Innocence Project presses for improved evidence standards
- Fake DNA — Planted Evidence!
- Science Found Wanting in Nation’s Crime Labs
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- Prosecutors Move To Seize Control of Crime Lab
- Austin police turning to DNA to solve thefts
- Local police tired of waiting on DNA evidence seek their own labs
- Follow-up on Beaufort County DNA Lab
- State hits crime lab on DNA cache
- Instant DNA analysis coming soon…