Picking Cotton Case Study

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After reading a number of articles, and attending the “Picking Cotton” lecture. I have come to the conclusion that, without the breakthrough of DNA extraction technology. Many people would still be convicted of a crime they never committed.
One of the biggest pushes for this change in the judicial system, was the Thompson Vs. Cotton case. Ronald Cotton was accused of raping twenty two year old college student, Jennifer Thompson. During a lecture at Ferris State University, Thompson recalled thinking over and over again that “once I [survive] and live, I will make sure that I know everything about you […] to help the police find you”. Little did she know, the man that she chose in both picture and physical lineup was an innocent man.
Studies have shown that “eyewitness misidentification is the single greatest cause of wrongful convictions nationwide [contributing] […] [to] more than 75% of convictions overturned through DNA testing” (American Civil Liberties Union). The first situation resulting in the misidentification, was made when the police rounded up six men according to the ...
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