Reliability of eyewitness testimony problems continue: Judge overturns murder conviction in 1994 slaying

By Jack Dolan, Los Angeles Times – October 1, 2011 A Los Angeles County Superior Court judge on Friday overturned the murder conviction of a man who has spent 17 years behind bars for a killing outside a South L.A. brothel — a slaying that was prominently featured in a book about two LAPD homicide detectives. The judge ordered that Obie Anthony, 37, be released from prison after concluding that the prosecution’s key witness, a pimp, lied to the jury. The witness has since admitted he never clearly saw the gunman at the scene of the crime. “When someone gets killed at a brothel, your witnesses aren’t going to be priests and nuns,” prosecutor Scott Collins said before Friday’s hearing. Judge Kelvin D. Filer harshly criticized the prosecutors who handled the 1995 murder trial for failing to disclose to the jury that they had made a deal with the…[For full story: http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-conviction-overturned-20111001,0,5616675.story ]

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Reliability of eyewitness testimony problems continue: Judge overturns murder conviction in 1994 slaying