Originally posted on CBS Chicago:
(CBS) – Police lineups are often used to identify the guilty, but too often, the results send innocent people to prison.
CBS 2’s Derrick Blakley takes a look at a new law that protects the innocent.
Over the last 25 years, more than 300 wrongful convictions nationwide have been overturned by DNA evidence. And behind most of those false convictions were false eyewitness identifications.
That’s what this new law is intended to correct.
Twenty-four years ago, Marcus Lyons was wrongly convicted of a Woodridge rape. It all began with a flawed lineup.
“That was all the evidence they needed and all the evidence they presented,” he tells Blakley.
The victim was shown a series of photos, but the only one dressed in a shirt and tie was Lyons.
“Marcus’ photo sticks out. Marcus was obviously the police suspect in that he was the only one that wasn’t portrayed in a…
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Originally posted on KRQE News 13:
CARLSBAD, N.M. (AP) – A final report by independent researchers shows the radiological release from the federal government’s underground nuclear waste repository in southern New Mexico was low and localized.
The report released Thursday by the Carlsbad Environmental Monitoring and Research Center also says no negative health effects are expected among workers or the public.
The research center is associated with New Mexico State University.
Its technicians have been collecting samples since February, when a container of waste from Los Alamos National Laboratory ruptured after being placed in a storage room at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant.
Sampling stations at and near WIPP confirmed the presence of trace amounts of americium and plutonium.
The release forced the indefinite closure of WIPP. Federal officials have said it could take years and a half-billion dollars to restart operations.
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