Anthony Michael Green celebrates the sixth anniversary of his exoneration this Thursday. He was released from prison on October 18, 2001, having spent 13 years behind bars for a rape and robbery he did not commit.
Green’s wrongful conviction was based partly on false testimony from a Cleveland Police Department Forensic Lab expert. At Green’s trial, the expert testified that serological testing performed on a washcloth left at the scene proved that Green could have been the attacker. Further, the expert told the jury that only 16 percent of men could have left this stain. Because the victim and Green had the same blood type, this statistic was false.
In 2001, DNA testing conducted upon the request of the Innocence Project proved Green’s innocence beyond a doubt.
Forensic science misconduct is one of the major causes of wrongful convictions
Other exoneration anniversaries this week:
, California (Served 10 months, Exonerated 10/19/2006)