News 10.14.08

The causes: An investigative series on eyewitness identification in Dallas

A groundbreaking three-part series on wrongful convictions overturned by DNA evidence in Dallas County wraps up today with a story on the outsized role eyewitness testimony still plays in trial.

"We've shown how unreliable eyewitness testimony is in sexual assault cases," said Rob Warden, executive director of the Center on Wrongful Convictions at Northwestern University law school. "But now the system itself is pretending that all of these armed robbery cases are just hunky dory when we know, if anything, it's no doubt less reliable in an armed robbery case than in a sexual assault case."

The three-day series delves deeply into the role of eyewitness misidentification in wrongful convictions and includes profiles of 19 men cleared by DNA testing in Dallas since 2001, which is more than any other county in the nation during that time.

Visit the series website to read the stories and watch video clips

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Read about the Innocence Project’s

recommendations

for states to improve eyewitness identification practices.

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