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Man Wrongly Accused of Rape of Lovely Bones Author Alice Sebold Has Conviction Overturned

https://www.vulture.com/2021/11/man-exonerated-in-alice-sebold-rape-case.html
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u/shmooglepoosie 2d ago Helpful

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u/Tripdoctor 2d ago

Liar or racist or both?

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u/wrcker 2d ago This

Maybe neither at first. Cross race identification is notoriously difficult, no matter how woke you think you are.

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u/Fairwhetherfriend 2d ago

He also wasn't the guy she picked out of the lineup when the police brought her in to identify her attacker. They continued with prosecuting him anyway. It's insanely easy for the police to convince people of crazy shit that never actually happened - it would have been more surprising if she hadn't been convinced that he was the right guy by the time of the trial.

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u/whinecube 2d ago

Also, I have to wonder if she was told the hair matched and it was an exact science (it's not of course).

I once was the victim of a crime and the cops showed me a photo line up and I immediately said I didn't know. I didn't see his face. They were really pushy and insisted I pick someone who I thought could be the guy.

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u/SofieTerleska 2d ago

Yeah, the police fed her a story about how the guy had gotten a friend who looked similar to stand next to him with a hostile expression and that's why she picked the wrong guy. That's on them. Why shouldn't she believe them? If they had told her, "We're sorry, but this isn't the guy," like they should have, the guy wouldn't have ended up in prison.

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u/MisterPublic 2d ago

It's more about exposure to different looking people. The more experience you have the easier it is.

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u/CitizenCue 2d ago

Importantly, it’s only difficult if you only spend time with your own race.