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Witnesses can be wrong; task force to look at how suspects ID’d

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By Patrick Preston KATU News and KATU.com Staff – May 22, 2012

PORTLAND, Ore. – An Oregon task force is considering changes in how suspects in crimes are identified because DNA testing has exposed the danger of relying entirely on eyewitnesses.

The Innocence Project has helped exonerate 289 prisoners, including 17 on death row. One national study found eyewitnesses made a mistake nearly one out of every five times when a suspect lineup was involved.

Even locally there are stories like Larry Davis and Alan Northrop. They were freed from prison in Washington after serving 17 years…[for full story: http://defender411.us/JnjOY5 ]

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