How mistakes put a Kansas City doppelganger in prison
June 21, 2017
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 (http://bit.ly/2rOU2E1 ) reported.
"Since that questionable identification, the police never looked at anot...