It may be the day after Thanksgiving, but it is also Prison Friday at Scission. Today's story comes from my friend Bill Berkowitz via Truthout via Buzzflash...or something.
Wrongfully Convicted: The Problem of False Confessions
- "Test results showed that semen found on Bell's robe could not have belonged to Allen, nor her live-in boyfriend, nor her estranged husband."
- "Internal police memos indicated that detectives knew of those results, used them to exclude other suspects, but persisted in pursuit of Allen and got him to confess."
- "A police fingerprint technician erroneously testified that seven key fingerprints 'were of no value.'"
- "A drawing of the crime scene Allen made for police did not accurately depict the layout of Bell's apartment."
- "A key witness, whose testimony helped corroborate Allen's confession, had been hypnotized prior to making her statements."
everything. Then, read everything again. Repeat until it makes some sense. When dealing with witnesses, listen more than you speak. Act like an anthropologist: be interested in people and the stories they tell -- including those that exist in prisons and police reports.
"For 30 years I had dreamed about the day that I would walk out of prison a free man. I have spent 30 years in prison as an innocent man, and those have been difficult years for me and my family, but I never gave up hope. I knew that someday the truth would come out, and now that day is here. I look forward to living with my family again and getting on with my life. I thank my mother and family for standing by me all these years, and I thank my attorneys at the Innocence Project and Bryan Cave for helping me. Thank God this nightmare is finally ending."