Criminal Justice: Inside the Lie Box

CRIMINAL JUSTICE Inside the Lie Box

In the summer of 1965, two Fort Worth gas-station attendants reported that a couple of Negro gunmen had robbed them of $3,000 in broad day light. Not until a month later did the city's undermanned police force pick up a suspect. Then Negro Truck Driver Ervin Byrd, 33, was nabbed on an anonymous tip. Though he loudly pro tested his innocence, the cops were satisfied, and the victims quickly picked Byrd out of a lineup.

In fact, Byrd was totally innocent: his accusers had pocketed their employer's cash;...

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