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By Tony Rizzo and Joe Robertson
The Kansas City Star 

How mistakes put a Kansas City doppelganger in prison


KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A photo of Richard Anthony Jones was the 202nd needle in a haystack of mugshots of black men named Richard or Rick.

In 1999, a self-described crackhead pointed at that photo and fingered Jones as the perpetrator of a robbery three months earlier, setting in motion what would become a 17-year nightmare for Jones — and a textbook example of the now well known dangerous unreliability of eyewitness testimony and flawed police photo lineups, The Kansas City Star ( ) reported.

"Since that questionable identification, the police never looked at anot...

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