SOURCE: John T. Floyd Law Firm

John T. Floyd Law Firm

February 27, 2010 13:50 ET

Houston Criminal Defense Attorney John Floyd Announces Publication of "Problems with Positive Identification: The Leading Cause of Wrongful Convictions"

HOUSTON, TX--(Marketwire - February 27, 2010) - Houston Criminal Attorney John Floyd, has published a new article exposing one of the leading causes of wrongful convictions.

There have been 251 innocent people exonerated in this country by DNA evidence over the last two decades. More than 75 percent of those convictions involved mistaken identifications consisting of one or more witnesses identifying the wrong person. What is even more disturbing is that at least one-third of these mistaken identification cases involved two or more witnesses.

"The lesson in these shocking figures is that what people see, or believe they saw, is not always reliable. This is especially true when the witness identification procedure is corrupted by investigators deliberately trying to prosecute particular individuals. Clearly these studies demonstrate that crime victims and witnesses can believe they actually saw or experienced events in a manner that did not happen.

What do these studies mean for criminal defense attorneys? First, it places a greater burden on the defense to closely question law enforcement officials connected with interviewing witnesses and those involved in lineup procedures about every aspect of the identification process to determine if any improper techniques were used. Secondly, defense attorneys must question witnesses about their memory recall processes to determine exactly how the witness 'reconstructed' the event. It is essential that the attorney make sure the witness' reconstruction was not tainted by any undue influence from an outside source," says Floyd.

For the Firm's publications regarding this topic and other articles relevant to criminal law from a defense perspective visit For publications regarding the use of extraneous evidence visit

About the John T. Floyd Firm:

Houston Criminal Attorney John Floyd has been rated as among the best and brightest attorneys practicing criminal law and has been recognized as one of Houston's Top Lawyers for the People (2008, 2009), Top Lawyers: Criminal Defense (2008, 2009) and has earned a "Superb" rating, scoring 10/10, from AVVO. He has appeared on national television and radio programs as an expert on criminal law related issues and has been quoted in newspapers and other news outlets throughout the country.

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