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Eyewitness Errors

It's Camera Time

William Lynch III | Posted 02.14.2015 | Crime
William Lynch III

Already, the evidence is pouring in that police body cameras are helpful for police and civilians. When police officers are accountable to a video camera monitoring them, it appears to make a big change in their behavior.

I Got Robbed at Gunpoint... If My Memory Serves Correctly

Ben Thomas | Posted 10.30.2012 | Science
Ben Thomas

I remembered the thief's face vividly for a day or so, but as the days passed, I found that I remembered fewer images and more facts. Try as I might, I couldn't picture the guy's face. In other words, semantic memories were out-competing episodic ones.

Let's Get Real About Eyewitness Identifications

Bennett L. Gershman | Posted 11.07.2011 | Crime
Bennett L. Gershman

Eyewitnesses make mistakes, sometimes tragic mistakes. Courts should acknowledge that uncorroborated eyewitness testimony is inherently untrustworthy, and undermines confidence in the integrity of the justice system.

Supreme Court To Take Up Question Of Eyewitness Evidence For First Time In 34 Years

New York Times | Posted 10.22.2011 | Politics

In November, the Supreme Court will return to the question of what the Constitution has to say about the use of eyewitness evidence. The last time the...

Study of Georgia's Wrongfully Convicted Highlights Powerful Need for Reform

John Terzano | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John Terzano

For twenty innocent Georgians, eight years is the average length of time each spent behind bars for a crime they did not commit.

Eyewitness Identifications Lead to Wrongful Convictions

John Terzano | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
John Terzano

The alarming number of false identifications uncovered by this report confirms what researchers have been repeating for years - eyewitness evidence is highly prone to error.