“Accuracy is absolutely not 100%, saying to the exclusion of all other shoes is absurd given the results of testing.”
– Alicia Carriquiry, shoe forensics expert
The Case Against Billy
#1- Junk Science
The only piece of forensic evidence connecting Billy to the scene of the crime is a shoe print lifted from the restaurant countertop. The Cincinnati Police Department produced a report claiming that the print could be identified as matching a pair of shoes that belonged to Billy “to the exclusion of all others.” However...
The shoes in question were Nike Air Force One sneakers – the most popular shoe of 2010, with over 10 million people owning a pair.
Mounting evidence suggests that shoe print identification is extremely inaccurate, yet it was the only piece of forensic evidence used against Billy.
The largest study to date of the accuracy of footwear examiners’ conclusions found their assessments to be notably inconsistent and erroneous.