Tomorrow night at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island, the Taubman Center for Public Policy will sponsor an Eyewitness Identification Summit including a panel discussion examining the current state of eyewitness identification procedures.
Dennis Maher, who was exonerated in 2003 after serving 19 years in prison for a rape he did not commit will participate in the panel and describe how eyewitness misidentification was responsible for his wrongful conviction. Three victims, giving varying descriptions, wrongfully identified him in separate photographic lineups. But nearly 20 years later, DNA evidence excluded him as the perpetrator in all three attacks.
Innocence Project Policy Director Stephen Saloom will address the common factors that lead to misidentifications and the policies that can be implemented to improve the accuracy of the eyewitness identification process.
The panel begins at 7 p.m. at the Foxboro Auditorium at Brown University.
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