TGIFF: Thank Goodness It’s Freedom Friday

Here is some innocence news from around the world:

Benjamin Radford writes about how New York fugitive sightings highlight problems with eyewitness errors. Eyewitness misidentification is the greatest contributing factor to wrongful convictions proven by DNA testing, playing a role in more than 70% of convictions overturned through DNA testing nationwide, according to the Innocence Project.

Jerry Mitchell reports that the expert whose bite-mark evidence led a jury to put Eddie Lee Howard Jr. on Mississippi’s death row now believes such evidence should be tossed. “I no longer believe in bite-mark analysis,” forensic odontologist Michael West of Hattiesburg testified in a 2012 deposition, Mitchell reports. “I don’t think it should be used in court. I think you should use DNA. Throw bite marks out.”

Kalief Browder, who committed suicide after being held at Rikers Island for three years for a crime he did not commit, wrote a paper on solitary confinement while attending college after his incarceration. Our thoughts are with Mr. Browder’s family.

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