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From the Archive: The DNA of HR Decisions: Why Documentation is Important

October 4, 2017

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I presented a webinar yesterday on the importance of documentation. It reminded me of this post.

Recently in Georgia, a man was executed. There were many claims that he was innocent, the courts did not agree. My purpose here is not to discuss this, I make this statement as a prelude to my observation of an article written in the aftermath. On October 2, 2011, an article was written entitled When Memory Fails Witnesses. The story talks about situations where men were identified as criminals but were later found to be innocent through the use of DNA evidence. Incorrect eyewitness identification was the cause of wrongful convictions. Law professor Brandon Garrett of the University of Virginia said: “What they have found is that memory is extremely malleable and extremely fragile.”

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