The battle to prove coerced confessions and innocence without having DNA to help

Unusual Connecticut Exoneration Centers on Coerced Confession, Not DNA Evidence

Rosenthal [defense lawyer], citing the University of Michigan Law School National Registry of Exonerations, said this is the 17th Connecticut exoneration and the sixth in the past two years. Previous exonerations, including those of accused rapist James Tillman and accused killer Kenneth Ireland, hinged on modern DNA testing overriding faulty witness statements. With advances in scientific testing, “we’re not going to have the line of exonerations we had in the past that were DNA-driven, but we still have a problem with wrongful convictions. This is a case that illustrates that,” said Rosenthal. “We all know about false eyewitness identifications but we’re learning all about false confessions.”

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Dr. Michael Bowers is a long time forensic consultant in the US and international court systems.
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