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D.C. Changes Eyewitness Identification and Informant Policies

Courts and police in the District of Columbia will be changing their policies on eyewitness identification and informants after several wrongful convictions. The changes come at the recommendation of a task force created by D.C. Superior Court Chief Judge Lee … Continue reading

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10 Advances in Reducing Wrongful Convictions in 2012

Author and contributing editor to the Wrongful Convictions Blog Nancy Petro wrote a great article on the progress toward improving our criminal justice system made in 2012. She highlighted ten notable advances: Twenty-two exonerations were won in 2012 according to … Continue reading

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Despite nine exonerations, Orange County eyewitness identification policies remain unchanged

On November 30, 2012, Alfonso Gomez became Orange County’s ninth exoneration based on eyewitness misidentification, according to the National Registry of Exonerations. During Gomez’s trial, deputy district attorney Howard Gundy told the jury that the two witnesses who identified Gomez … Continue reading

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Kentucky Lawmaker Hoping to Expand Post-Conviction DNA Testing

Rep. Johnnie Bell (D-Glasgow) is again proposing his bill to expand post-conviction DNA testing hoping that the legislation will finally make it through the legislative process in the 2013 session. Bell has proposed similar bills three times, one of which … Continue reading

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