False Witness Credibility : Mistaken Eyewitness Identification

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Courtney Wu
Professor Harris
ENC 1102
1 Dec. 2016
Research Project for False Witness Credibility: Mistaken Eyewitness Identification On May 3, 1982, in Norfolk, Virginia at circuit court, 29-year old Julius Earl Ruffin was convicted of a rape he did not commit and was sentenced to five life sentences in prison. The case rested on Ann Meng, the victim who accused Ruffin as her assailant. Mistaken eyewitness identifications contributed to more than 75 percent of the more than 200 wrongful convictions in false witness credibility, as stated by the Innocence Project. For this research paper, I am mostly writing on mistaken eyewitness identification in a false witness testimony. My audience for this particular topic will of course be my peers. The importance of this topic is to understand why eyewitness identify the wrong people and how to prevent wrongful convictions. In a TED talk video titled “Why Eyewitnesses Get it Wrong”, a car drove by and killed a father with a gun. Police considered all the usual suspects, and in less than 24 hours, they selected 17 year old Francisco Carrillo. They found photos of him and showed it to one of the teens. The teen claimed that Francisco was the one who killed the man. Other teenagers were shown the same photos of the same guy. At the actual trial, all six teenagers testified and indicated that Francisco was responsible for killing the man. Francisco was sent to prison and adamantly tried to insist he is innocent. Speaker Scott Fraser

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