Death Row Case: When Eyewitnesses Recant

Death Row Case: When Eyewitnesses Recant

As a Georgia man prepares his last-chance bid for a stay of execution, we look at how the rules for eyewitness testimony have changed since his conviction in 1989.

The state of Georgia is scheduled to execute Troy Davis next week for killing an off-duty police officer in 1989, even though a number of key prosecution witnesses have recanted their testimony. As Davis prepares his last-chance bid for clemency, we get a primer on how eyewitness evidence and police procedures have changed since his conviction.

Guests

Karen Newirth

Eyewitness Identification Litigation Fellow, Innocence Project

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