Arcadia University and the Pennsylvania Innocence Project presents Eyewitness Mis-identification and Wrongful Convictions on Tuesday, March 20, from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Commons Great Room. This forum explores how the memory of a witness in a criminal trial can be certain yet mistaken. The event is free and open to the public.
Since 1989, DNA testing has been used to exonerate over 290 people once convicted of crimes they did not commit. The most common factor in the conviction of these innocent people was the testimony an eyewitness or victim who positively identified the exoneree as the perpetrator of the crime, but got it wrong.
The moderator is Dr. John Noakes, Associate Professor of Criminal Justice, whose area of expertise includes wrongful convictions and exonerations.
Panelists include Marissa Bluestine, Legal Director, The Pennsylvania Innocence Project; Vincent Moto, Pennsylvania DNA Exoneree; Paul Hetznecker, Civil Rights Attorney; Allen Stewart, Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office; Barbara Nodine, Interim Dean of Arcadia’s College of Arts and Sciences and Professor of Psychology; and Hon. Paul Tressler, Judge (retired) Montgomery County Court of Common Pleas.
A question and answer session will follow.