Witness Testimony

A Boston man who spent 38 years in prison in the killing of a cab driver was released Tuesday after a prosecutor agreed to vacate his conviction based on "significant doubt" about the fairness of his trial, including the reliance on a witness who...
by Associated Press
9:11am
8.9.2017
An Ohio appeals court ruling has cleared the way for a Cleveland man to seek financial compensation for his time behind bars after the court found he was wrongfully imprisoned for 18 years following a murder conviction. The ruling said authorities...
by Associated Press
11:25am
7.26.2017
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A Supreme Court decision that limits the types of statements that can be admitted as evidence unless the victim testifies in court discourages prosecutors from trying some child maltreatment cases, according to a recent national survey of more than...
by University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
12:17pm
7.20.2017
A blind man, who worked as a trainee officer at a public sector bank, has been found guilty of repeatedly raping a 32-year-old widow, also blind. The woman identified her tormentor by his voice in court.
by Bagish Jha, The Times of India
9:35am
7.19.2017
Nine people were charged Tuesday with agreeing to help concoct alibis for a Florida murder suspect who last year staged a brazen escape from a crowded courtroom and is accused of killing a woman whose family founded the Halliburton oil services...
by Curt Anderson, Associated Press
10:48am
7.12.2017
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A federal appeals court has ruled that two expert witnesses who testified to later discredited bite mark evidence—which led to the murder convictions of two men who have since been cleared by DNA evidence—are covered under “qualified immunity”...
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3:29pm
6.30.2017
A trend in forensic science is to quantify as much evidence as possible. But an expert witness, who spends their entire career analyzing trace evidence, also has a role in the courtroom, argues a former crime lab director in the journal Forensic...
Senior Science Writer
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10:09am
6.29.2017
A Missouri man who spent nearly 17 years in prison for a 1999 robbery was freed after supporters found another man who looked enough like him that the victim and other witnesses said they could no longer be sure who committed the crime.
by Associated Press
9:28am
6.13.2017
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A man who spent 22 years in prison for a double killing he said he didn't do walked free Monday, his New York conviction overturned but prosecutors vowing to get it restored. Two newfound witnesses testified they'd seen a different man commit the...
by Jennifer Peltz, Associated Press
9:43am
5.9.2017
The acquittal of a suburban foster father charged with sexually abusing boys in his care shows the challenges prosecutors face in proving abuse allegations without strong corroborating evidence. Testimony from six men who said Cesar Gonzales-...
by Karen Matthews, Associated Press
12:59pm
5.4.2017
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A new bill passed Friday by the Florida legislature aims to improve the accuracy of eyewitness identifications in the state by tightening lineup procedures, offering more specific instructions for both administrators of photo lineups and...
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12:46pm
5.1.2017
A new report challenges the perception that eyewitness memory is inherently fallible, finding that eyewitness confidence can reliably indicate the accuracy of an identification made under certain, "pristine" conditions.
by Association for Psychological Science
10:44am
4.12.2017
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Felony evidence tampering charges brought against three Jacksonville police officers after removing beer from a vehicle during an undercover investigation could affect dozens of unrelated cases due to concerns about the officers' credibility.
by Anne Schindler, WTLV/First Coast News
9:45am
2.23.2017
A former church choir boy dying of motor neurone disease was able to give evidence in court against his childhood abuser, who was found guilty Wednesday, using eye-tracking technology in what is believed to be the first time in British legal history...
by Caroline Mortimer, The Independent
10:16am
2.17.2017
A close friend who for years didn't want to believe Robert Durst was capable of homicide dropped a bombshell Thursday implicating the real estate heir in two killings. Nathan "Nick" Chavin testified that their mutual friend, Susan Berman, told him...
by Brian Melley, Associated Press
9:10am
2.17.2017
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The slaying of Emmett Till, which helped trigger the modern civil rights movement, should be re-investigated now that a key witness is quoted as saying she lied about what the black teen said and did before he was lynched in 1955, Till's relatives...
by Jay Reeves, Associated Press
10:02am
2.10.2017
Rulings from the Colorado Supreme Court this week could make it more difficult for police officers to testify about certain evidence in criminal trials. The court ruled that trial witnesses, including police officers, can’t testify as “lay”...
by Kirk Mitchell, The Denver Post
9:42am
2.9.2017
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