Add to List of Things That Don’t Happen When You Plead Guilty

Dallas, Texas criminal-defense lawyer George Milner, Jr. IDed in trial as perpetrator by complainant in deadly conduct case (via Waco, Texas criminal-defense lawyer Walter Reaves).

The prosecutor “believes the reason the witness misidentified Milner is she saw him when she testified at a grand jury hearing.” Inspires confidence in the reliability of eyewitness identifications, dunnit?

0 responses to “Add to List of Things That Don’t Happen When You Plead Guilty”

  1. And if the prosecutor is correct, so what? It remains as damning a message about eyewitness IDs as any. And if the prosecutor is wrong, and she just picked the wrong guy at the table, the message is worse. Either way, the point is made that witnesses identify whoever they have to in order to make sure that the “bad guy” gets convicted. The ID itself can be utterly meaningless.

    Yet, the witness always says, “I would never forget that face…”

  2. Someone had to be the perpetrator, and it wasn’t the acquited defendant. Very likely it was Milner. Eyewitnesses can’t be wrong all of the time.

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