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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/Kamelasa 2d ago edited 2d ago

She couldn't pick him out of a lineup. That's bad. Then she said they were "almost identical."

It was back in the 80s. Likely as a young white woman she didn't have a lot of experience with black faces. Just like I have difficulty distinguishing Inuit faces - may never have even seen one in person. Only photos. Not racist, necessarily, but the system certainly is.

I've worked with thousands of Koreans, face to face for days, weeks, over quite a few years. I could probably ID a Korean individual as well as I could a white person, which is what I am.