Op-Ed: Davis case highlights issues with eyewitness identification

WASHINGTON, D.C. (MCT) — When the Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles denied clemency for Troy Allen Davis Tuesday, the board based its decision on one of the bedrocks of the American judicial system: eyewitness testimony. Nine individuals testified that they saw Davis murder off-duty police officer Mark Allen MacPhail in a Burger King parking lot in 1989, and the jury sentenced him to death. He was executed by lethal injection Wednesday night. But over the years, seven witnesses recanted their testimony; some alleged that police coerced them to identify Davis. Three jurors who sentenced Davis to the death penalty testified that had they known about the problems with eyewitness identification, they would…[For full story: http://www.dailytarheel.com/index.php/article/2011/09/davis_case_highlights_issues_with_eyewitness_identification ]

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Op-Ed: Davis case highlights issues with eyewitness identification