In 1999 Guy Miles was convicted of robbery and sentenced 75 years to life. He was placed at the scene of a crime by eyewitness identifications. According to the California Innocent Project, stranger eyewitness identifications are the single leading cause of wrongful convictions in the world. Despite a high rate of error(roughly1 in 4 stranger eyewitness identifications are wrong), they are still considered the most powerful evidence against a suspect. It was exactly these kinds of misidentifications that sent Guy Miles to prison.
On June 29, 1998, three men committed an armed robbery at a Fidelity Financial institution in Fullerton, CA. Two bank employees chose Mr. Miles from faulty photo arrays and later testified that he was one of the robbers in court.
But Mr. Miles could not have been involved with the robbery because he wasn’t even in California when it happened. Mr. Miles had six alibi witnesses at trial who all testified that he was in Las Vegas–an almost four-hour drive away–when the robbery occurred.
With the help of the California Innocence Project, Mr. Miles was freed after 18 years in prison. Their investigation found the three men responsible for committing that crime: Jason Stewart, Harold Bailey and Bernard Teamer. After admitting to the robbery, they cleared Guy and said that he was not involved.
Mr. Miles is joined by his lawyer, Justin Brooks, director of the California Innocence Project. In 2013 Mr. Miles identified 12 clients with strong claims to exoneration: the“California12.” Mr. Brooks walked 712 miles from San Diego to Sacramento to deliver clemency positions to Gov. Jerry Brown on behalf of the“California12.
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