Sunday, August 10, 2008

Race an issue in identifying criminals  


There's a piece on Yahoo! News that is worth taking a few minutes to read. It's about the ongoing problem with witnesses or victims of crimes wrongly identifying a suspect of a different race. From the article:

In the midst of being raped, Jennifer Thompson-Cannino told herself to pay attention to details that would allow her to identify her attacker. Then she identified a man from photographs, picked him out of a lineup and told jurors she was certain he was the rapist.

That man, Ronald Cotton, received a life sentence and spent more than 10 years in prison before DNA testing cleared him of the crime.

Now victim and the innocent man she helped convict are writing a book together.

Thompson-Cannino, who is white, had mistakenly picked out one black man; another was guilty of the crime.

Read the rest of the article here.

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