Since the August 2016 Newsletter:
20 exonerations have been added
13 contemporaneous exonerations
old exonerations that we recently learned about

1886 Exonerations

The Registry is now a joint project of the University of California Irvine Newkirk Center for Science and Society, the University of Michigan Law School, and the Michigan State University College of Law. We welcome a new editor, Barbara O'Brien, a new director, Simon Cole, and a new associate editor, Catherine Grosso. Read more about the new editors below.
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Police Misconduct and Tainted Identifications
When we talk about eyewitness misidentifications in criminal cases we usually mean mistaken identifications by witnesses who don’t know the suspects they identify. These misidentifications are frequently caused by suggestive identification procedures—showups and poorly constructed lineups—but mostly do not involve practices that are considered misconduct.
In fact, many misidentifications are lies rather than mistakes—usually by witnesses who falsely identify people they know. And some misidentifications, mistakes and lies alike, are caused by deliberate police misconduct. We have learned more about these tainted identifications recently while collecting data on official misconduct generally. Read more here.
Our Incoming Editors
  Editor Barbara O'Brien is an associate professor of law at the Michigan State University College of Law. Professor O'Brien teaches classes in criminal law and procedure. Her scholarship examines the role of race and other extralegal factors in criminal investigations, trials, and the administration of capital punishment and applies empirical methodology to legal issues, such as identifying predictors of false convictions and understanding prosecutorial decision-making.
 Director and Associate Editor Simon Cole is a Professor of Criminology, Law and Society and Director of the Newkirk Center for Science & Society at the University of California, Irvine. Professor Cole teaches Miscarriages of Justice among other courses. His primary research area is the sociology and history of forensic science, and he has published on forensic science and on miscarriages of justice.
  Associate Editor Catherine Grosso is an associate professor of law at the Michigan State University College of Law. Her scholarship primarily focuses on the administration of capital punishment. This research also examines the role of race in the language of voir dire and the exercise of peremptory strikes during jury selection. She has done several large empirical studies on the influence of race on the administration of capital punishment. 
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