An editorial in Tuesday’s
urges New York to improve police lineup procedures and record interrogations in an effort to prevent future wrongful convictions. New York State has the third highest number of wrongful convictions nationwide, yet the Legislature has failed to take action to prevent future injustice.
The latest wrongful conviction claim making headlines is the case of Eric Glisson and Cathy Watkins, who, along with three other people, were convicted of the 1995 murder of a cab driver in the Bronx. Buffalo area wrongful convictions include Lynn DeJac, exonerated in 2008 and Anthony Capozzi, exonerated in 2007.
Lineup and interrogation reforms are crucial issues of criminal justice and crime prevention. They are not touchy-feely be-nice-to-criminals measures. New Yorkers need to know their criminal justice system is functioning in a way that, as much as possible, weeds out the innocent and punishes the guilty. As of today, they don’t know anything of the kind.