Saturday, August 29, 2009

Picking Cotton: New Memoir Tells the Story of the Human Costs of Mistaken Eyewitness Identification

Most people who follow the work of the Innocence Project have heard the tale of Ronald Cotton and Jennifer Thompson-Cannino. Mr. Cotton was wrongfully convicted and spent eleven years in prison after Ms. Thompson-Cannino mistakenly identified him as her attacker. Exonerated by DNA, Mr. Cotton and Ms. Thompson-Cannino have become allies and activists in the Innocence and Eyewitness Identification reform movement. In February, their memoir was published. The memoir focuses on how Mr. Cotton was picked, the journey through court twice, and what came after Mr. Cotton was exonerated. Mr. Cotton and Ms. Thompson-Cannino are currently touring around the country speaking about innocence and eyewitness identification. For more information on the case, click here.
Here is is a video that examine some of the flaws of Eyewitness Identification:

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