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Monday, April 17, 2006

Commission Advises Change

This article by Henry Weinstein originally ran in the L A Times on April 14, 2006:

A state commission on reforming the criminal justice system proposed significant changes Thursday in the use of eyewitness identification in California courts, citing problems, particularly with cross-racial identifications, that have led to exonerations of prisoners.

The California Commission on the Fair Administration of Justice, which is chaired by former California Atty. Gen. John K. Van de Kamp, cited statistics from the Innocence Project at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law in New York that more than 77% of inmates cleared since 1989 were convicted based on mistaken eyewitness identifications.

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