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Mary Berner

 

Charge:

Forgery

Sentence:

Probation

Years Imprisoned:

0.1

Year Crime:

1928

Year Convicted:

1929

Year Cleared:

1929

U.S. State or Country of Crime:

Illinois

County or Region of Crime:

Cook

City of Crime:

Chicago

Result:

Judicially Exonerated Released

Summary of Case:

"Mary Berner was wrongly convicted in 1929 of forgery in Chicago, Illinois. Berner was arrested in December 1928 after being erroneously identified by at least eight people in responsible bank and department store positions as the woman who had cashed bad checks. In April 1929 the actual forger, Emma Lutz, was arrested and confessed. The same people who had identified Mary Berner, identified Lutz as the check forger. Berner's conviction was overturned."

Conviction Caused By:

False eyewitness identification

Innocence Proved By:

Capture and confession of the real forger

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Was Perpetrator Identified?

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Skin/Ethnicity:

White

Information Source 1:

"Convicting the Innocent - Sixty-Five Actual Errors of Criminal Justice, by Edwin Borchard, Yale Univ Press, 1932"

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