Man gets 40-year prison sentence in Des Moines woman's murder
Daniel Threadgill, left, looks toward his mother, Marsha Richardson, during his sentencing hearing in King County Superior Court Judge Cheryl Carey's courtroom Wednesday.
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#1 Mar 29, 2012
Eyewitness misidentification is the single greatest cause of wrongful convictions nationwide, playing a role in more than 75% of convictions overturned through DNA testing.
While eyewitness testimony can be persuasive evidence before a judge or jury, 30 years of strong social science research has proven that eyewitness identification is often unreliable. Research shows that the human mind is not like a tape recorder; we neither record events exactly as we see them, nor recall them like a tape that has been rewound. Instead, witness memory is like any other evidence at a crime scene; it must be preserved carefully and retrieved methodically, or it can be contaminated
I never knew the cultural bias and make up of the pacific northwest. Well I know it now. While everyone is pinning for this poor woman recognize that she was a hooker, police it and clean it up any way you want. The truth is there was no DNA placing him at this crime scene. It was eyewitness accounts form people of ill character with something to gain form their testimony. Some things change and some things stay the same in “The New Jim Crow” No one is looking at the admitted pimp in this situation because he turned witness to save his ass from other charges. Pimps real pimps are capable of this kind of violence the average person is not. Bad Police work, horrible lawyering and a biased area that looked for the profile of a killer. Search your souls for the truth before you convict based on how someone looks. You don’t know any of the people involved. I agree that no one desrves to die the way she did but the innocence projects results prover that peole still get convicted errantly in this country all the time
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