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Resource ID: #17308
Subject: Wrongful Convictions
Source: Chicago Reporter
Date: 2000-06-15



This monthly publication "examined 10 homicides that took place in West Site Humboldt Park area" of Chicago. The investigation showed that "the cases revealed a pattern of scant evidence and questionable police practices." The reporter also found that "nine of ten cases relied heavily on eyewitness testimony" and that "in seven cases, witnesses were either using drugs or alcohol, rival gang members, jailhouse informants or codefendants." Among the major findings was the fact that "the Chicago Police Department uses practices that experts in witness identification argue are counter to picking the perpetrator from a photo array or police lineup."

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