Amicus curiae brief of the Center on Wrongful Convictions of Youth and the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers in support of appellant.
Argument: Due to the potent nature of confession evidence, the Misskelley confession strongly influenced the jury’s verdict, even though it was not admitted at trial. Standard police interrogation tactics have been shown to induce false confessions, particularly in juveniles and the mentally impaired. Even while the Misskelley confession strongly influenced the jury’s decision to convict, it bears all the hallmarks of a false confession.
Brief of Amicus Curiae The Innocence Network and National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers in Support of Appellant.
Argument: Flawed forensic evidence like that used to convict Mr. Pitts is scientifically invalid. Faulty forensic evidence and related false testimony have contributed to the convictions of innocent people. Forensic evidence plays a key role in wrongful convictions because such evidence is generally perceived as infallible. The hair comparison evidence used to convict Mr. Pitts has been discredited. Hair comparison evidence like that proffered against Mr. Pitts is false and has contributed to at least 74 wrongful convictions. The hair comparison evidence introduced through former special agent Malone was erroneous. Mr. Pitts is entitled to relief based on the state's reliance on now discredited microscopic hair comparison evidence.