Arcadia University Presents 'Eyewitness Mis-Identification and Wrongful Convictions,' March 20

In conjunction with the Pennsylvania Innocence Project

Glenside, PA—March 14, 2012—Arcadia University and the Pennsylvania Innocence Project presents “Eyewitness Mis-Identification and Wrongful Convictions” on Tuesday, March 20, from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Commons Great Room. This forum explores how the memory of a witness in a criminal trial can be certain yet mistaken. The event is free and open to the public.

Since 1989, DNA testing has been used to exonerate over 290 people once convicted of crimes they did not commit. The most common factor in the conviction of these innocent people was the testimony an eyewitness or victim who positively identified the exoneree as the perpetrator of the crime, but got it wrong.

The moderator is Arcadia University Associate Professor of Criminal Justice Dr. John Noakes, whose area of expertise include wrongful convictions and exonerations.

Panelist include: Marissa Bluestine, Legal Director, The Pennsylvania Innocence Project, Vincent Moto, Pennsylvania DNA Exoneree, Paul Hetznecker, Civil Rights Attorney, Allen Stewart, Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office, Barbara Nodine, Interim Dean of the Colleges of Arts and Sciences and Professor of Psychology, Arcadia University, and Hon. Paul Tressler, Judge (retired) Montgomery County Court of Common Pleas.

A question and answer session will follow.

About Arcadia University: Arcadia University is a top-ranked private university in metropolitan Philadelphia and a national leader in study abroad and international education. The 2011 Open Doors report names Arcadia University a top leader in undergraduate students studying abroad. U.S. News & World Report ranks Arcadia University among the top regional universities in the North and as one of the top study abroad programs. Arcadia University promises a distinctively global, integrative and personal learning experience that prepares students to contribute and prosper in a diverse and dynamic world. (www.arcadia.edu)