African Americans Wrongly Convicted of Sexual Assault Against Whites: Eyewitness Error and Other Cas
By Matthew B. Johnson , Shakina Griffith & Carlene Y. Barnaby
A total of 35 African American men who were wrongly convicted
of sexual assault against Whites were identified through review
of journalist, scholarly, Web-based, and published legal decisions.
Most of the cases occurred during the 1982–1992 decade and in-
volved postconviction DNA exonerations. Consistent with the lit-
erature on wrongful convictions, erroneous eyewitness identifi-
cation by the assault victim was a major source of error. Other
factors that contributed to the wrongful convictions were coerced
false confessions, all-White juries, discounted alibis, misconduct...