Friday, May 13, 2005
New Castle on Kirkwood
Shirley Klamer, one of two craft store clerks whose identification of Kirkwood lead to his conviction, defended herself on the site: "We will both tell you that there was never any doubt that we had picked the right man from day one. Roberta Bishop and I each picked the same photo at different visits to the police station. Out of several mug-shot books, we picked the same guy!"
Another person responded: "Hey Shirley can I ask you something if you and your co-worker are so sure that it was justin kirkwood who did these things why did you say that he had brown eyes and his eyes are really blue?"
In related news, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ran an editorial calling for the state to tighten rules on eyewitness identifications: "It's an issue that Gov. Ed Rendell and Attorney General Tom Corbett need to take action on, rather than allowing the knee-jerk obstinacy and machismo of some local police to condemn innocent people to jail."
Wednesday, May 11, 2005
Justin Kirkwood's parents
The Innocence Institute's three-day series on false eyewitness identifications appeared this week in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Longer versions of the stories are posted on the Innocence Institute's Web site.
The Associated Press picked up one of the stories, which appeared on broadcast and print outlets throughout the state. The New Castle News published the Justin Kirkwood story in its entirety (registration required).
The site has a section for comments, which included this one: "When I read this article I will have to say that I have serious doubts in the innocent till proven guilty cliche. I have know Justin Kirkwood and his family for a number of years and they are wonderful loving people. But that should not even come in to play in the whole scheme of things. What should matter is all the facts. You have a man who said that he called the house and talked to Justin at the time the robbery was taking place!!!"
Monday, May 09, 2005
Virginia crime lab forced to review 150 DNA cases
The American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors found that the lab workers felt political pressure from former governor, Jim Gilmore, to produce quick and conclusive results.