EDWARD GEORGE CARTER, Plaintiff, v. CITY OF DETROIT, et al., Defendants.
Case No. 11-15322
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF MICHIGAN, SOUTHERN DIVISION
2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 9139
A woman was raped in October 1974 at Wayne State University. After reporting it, the scene was processed, and fingerprints were lifted. The prints were analyzed and found not to match those of Carter. Regardless, he was arrested, tried, and convicted, and sentenced to life in prison. His request for a hearing and resentencing were denied. He then contacted the Innocence Project who, in 2009, had the Detroit Police Department rerun the fingerprints through AFIS and came back with a definitive match to a convicted serial rapist. Carter filed a motion for judgment of relief and was granted release from custody.
Following his release, he filed a lawsuit against the city of Detroit and various officials from the original case. He argues for a Brady violation as the fingerprint evidence was not only exculpatory, but it was never disclosed to his attorney. However, he failed to produce enough evidence of this, and as the technology for fingerprint recognition did not exist at the time of the original trial, the court failed to find fault with the defendants.
Forensic Summary by Gina Gallucci