The Evidence of Things Not Seen: Non-Matches as Evidence of Innocence

Author:James S. Liebman - Shawn Blackburn - David Mattern - Jonathan Waisnor
Position:Professor, Columbia Law School - J.D., Columbia Law School, 2011 - J.D. Candidate, Columbia Law School, 2013 - J.D., Columbia Law School, 2012

Exonerations famously reveal that eyewitness identifications, confessions, and other "direct" evidence can be false, though police and jurors greatly value them. Exonerations also reveal that "circumstantial" non-matches between culprit and defendant can be telling evidence of innocence (e.g., an aspect of an eyewitness’s description of the perpetrator that does not match the suspect she... (see full summary)

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