Albert Johnson was accused and convicted of committing two rapes. He was exonerated of one of the rapes after completing the sentence for that rape. Although he maintains his innocence with regard to both rapes, all DNA evidence in the second rape was destroyed, and no new evidence has become available to prove his innocence. Johnson remains in prison serving a sentence for the second rape.
In February 1992, a young woman was raped. The man who raped her had stopped his car and indicated that he wanted to ask her for directions. As she approached his car, she saw a metal object, guessed it was a gun, and felt she had no choice when the driver insisted she get in the car.
About an hour later, Johnson was pulled over by traffic police. The officer, who had heard the rape report, looked in Johnson’s car and saw a ratchet and umbrella which the officer mistook for weapons. Johnson then became the prime suspect for the February rape. Police conducted a show-up identification and drove the victim to the intersection where Johnson had been stopped. Although the victim was instructed that the man she would see might or might not be her assailant, she made a quick and confident identification of Johnson and his car. The victim also claimed that she was on her way to a friend’s house that night and had called her friend right before the incident was alleged to have occurred, but the