Innocence Project Newsletter of June 29, 2012New Evidence of Innocence in Case of Joseph Buffey
The Innocence Project recently filed a petition presenting new DNA evidence that proves the innocence of Joseph Buffey, of Clarksburg, West Virginia. Buffey pled guilty of the rape and robbery of an elderly woman in 2001 after having falsely confessed to the crime. Recent DNA testing on crime scene evidence definitively excludes Buffey, yet local officials have ignored the results and have refused to enter the DNA profile into a national database to see if it can identify the true perpetrator.
One week after the rape and robbery, Buffey and two other men were arrested in connection to a string of robberies. After being questioned for nearly eight hours, Buffey confessed to the rape, then recanted minutes later. According to the petition, the lead detective presented at least four pieces of false information to the grand jury.
The Innocence Project has requested a hearing to consider the petition and seeks to vacate Buffey’s conviction. Watch a video http://www.innocenceproject.org/underst ... tr=0&par=1
that explains how false confessions happen, then read how the mandatory recording of confessions http://www.innocenceproject.org/fix/Fal ... tr=0&par=1
can reduce the risk of false confessions.