How junk science convicted an innocent man | Part 2

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  • Published on:  Wednesday, January 30, 2019
  • Watch the next part of False Positive: Lee Stinson's trial shows how the judicial system lacks an effective filter to catch bad science before it's used to convict innocent people.Subscribe to our channel! Positive is a 30-minute documentary, split into three parts, focusing on the conviction of Robert Lee Stinson. Stinson was wrongly convicted of murder on the basis of forensic bite mark evidence. Through his arrest, trial, and exoneration, Vox producer Joss Fong explains the structural flaws that make the US criminal justice system vulnerable to bad science.Watch all three parts of this mini-series:Part 1: 2: 3: go even deeper into the series, become a member of the Vox Video Lab, for exclusive access to a live Q&A following the final episode, and additional behind-the-scenes details on the series. is a news website that helps you cut through the noise and understand what's really driving the events in the headlines. Check out our full video catalog: Vox on Facebook: Twitter:
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  • Joss Fong

    Joss Fong

     6 months ago +1734

    Thank you all for watching the 2nd episode of False Positive. Next Wednesday, we'll post Part 3 (the final episode.) If you have any questions about the story or how we made the series, I'll be hosting a livestream Q&A on February 7th for members of the Vox Video Lab: You can leave your questions here as well.
    Also, just a note that Daniel Blinka, the Assistant DA who brought the charges (he appears in part 1) left the DA's office before Stinson's trial, to teach at Marquette University. So that's why he isn't in this episode - a different prosecutor tried the case.

  • Jack Isn't Daniel's

    Jack Isn't Daniel's

     6 months ago +1274

    80's investigation
    Dentist: Is he black?
    Investigator: Yes, he is.
    Dentist: Well then, the pattern match.

  • reggiereg


     6 months ago +1862

    I think we know what really got him convicted.

  • Steven Contreras

    Steven Contreras

     6 months ago +941

    A black man being falsely convicted is as American as apple pie

  • Star Cherry

    Star Cherry

     6 months ago +2593

    That dentist should have to serve some time too!

  • coconuttyboy


     6 months ago +1805

    23 years of his life is wasted in prison cause junk science...

  • tinaamariee😘


     6 months ago +1357

    2 things:
    1. I want to smack that smirk off that judges face. Her body language screams no remorse. She doesn’t seem to care that she stole that boys life.
    2.What exactly were the repercussions for these doctors that built their careers on the wrongful conviction of this teenager?

  • Dre


     6 months ago +685

    This man was robbed 24 years of his life due to the
    incompetence of our utterly ludicrous jurisdictional system.
    Twenty and four years
    Let that sink in.

  • David Boucard

    David Boucard

     6 months ago +618

    "no margin of error" = Translation: Upon reviewing my own work, I am pleased to discover that I have perfect logic and I am physically and mentally incapable of making a single mistake. The science doesn't lie!

  • Jemima Mangco

    Jemima Mangco

     6 months ago +917

    no margin of error? he thinks he’s a god huh?

  • {Briona}


     6 months ago +221

    I think race also played a big part in this he didn’t stand a chance when he first walked into that court room which made it even more sad because he knew which you can see in his letter

  • ; semicolon pronounced semy-kohlun

    ; semicolon pronounced semy-kohlun

     6 months ago +695

    Those "doctors" should get 23 years in prison to feel what they did to this innocent guy.

  • Oh Really?

    Oh Really?

     6 months ago +720

    They didn’t have anybody to blame so they picked the black guy.
    This is America!

  • Belle Hiek

    Belle Hiek

     6 months ago +86

    “It is better to risk saving a guilty person than to condemn an innocent one.”
    - Voltaire

  • PS4 Custom Gamer

    PS4 Custom Gamer

     6 months ago +142

    What an awful judge

  • Marinus


     6 months ago +893

    Good series, the whole US system is broken. This needs more and more attention until something changes.

  • Suiciderification


     6 months ago +401

    23 years behind bars...for something he didn't do...That's horrible how his life got broken...It is even worse in totalitarian countries where innocent people get sentenced for nothing and don't even get a proper trial...or any trial at heart breaking...

  • Nils -

    Nils -

     6 months ago +361

    The American "justice" system is stupid. Its trials are about convicting someone, not about finding the truth. Same with interrogations by police officers. They want to get a confession, not the truth.

  • Kellz


     6 months ago +260

    Damn I couldn’t imagine being convicted for something I didn’t do.

  • Untapped Happiness

    Untapped Happiness

     6 months ago +286

    I feel like googling the conclusion, but I don’t want to spoil it for myself because the way the Vox team presents it is so entertaining. 😩🙌