Police were under pressure to find a sole Black male perpetrator assaulting mostly White women. According to @exonerationlist, such cases are a small minority and yet constitute half of sexual assault exonerations involving eyewitness misidentifications. https://t.co/HtCnXeF6G7
How did a jury convict Terry Talley on so little evidence?
Because he is yet another tragic example of how “presumption of innocence” and “proof beyond a reasonable doubt” mean different things to jurors depending on the race of the defendant. https://t.co/ojoEnnnGvO
When you have a confident eyewitness & officials intent to convict, science & common sense are subordinated to a compelling narrative that people simply want to believe. That’s how Terry Talley ended up wrongly convicted of several crimes he didn’t commit. https://t.co/nWkNgXT708
"I think the police clearly have a duty to review and open cases where there are compelling facts that indicate either previous evidence examination processes may have been unreliable or undependable," said LaGrange Police Chief Lou Dekmar https://t.co/z0c2dJOVEJ
When Terry left for a police interview in 1981, his family had no idea that it would be 40 long years before he returned. Now, watching his own story on TV, he's exactly where he belongs: at home, surrounded by his loving family, finally free. https://t.co/XAHBzBUtZ4