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Eyewitness Identification

On-Stage Stunt Spotlights Big Challenge For Criminal Justice System

The Huffington Post | Cate Matthews | Posted 09.18.2014 | Science

Despite what you may have seen on shows like "CSI" and "Law and Order: SVU," crime cases are rarely open and shut -- and eyewitness testimony is notor...

Don't Let the Prosecutor Off the Hook

Bennett L. Gershman | Posted 06.10.2014 | Crime
Bennett L. Gershman

There is hardly ever a postmortem of a derailment in the criminal justice system, as there typically is when a train derails, or a plane crashes.

I'm Not Making This Up: Why I'm Skeptical of Eyewitnesses

Sharon Hill | Posted 02.03.2014 | Weird News
Sharon Hill

I'd bet many of you think you have a great memory -- that you can relate your observations clearly and accurately. But you're wrong, too. Don't feel bad about this! We are all imperfect when it comes to observing and remembering.

"I Saw What You Did -- or Did I?" -- the Unreliability of Eyewitness Testimony

Larry Bodine | Posted 01.26.2014 | Crime
Larry Bodine

Nothing is more compelling than an eyewitness who says in court, "that's him" and points at the defendant. But a growing body of evidence now shows the unreliability of eyewitness testimony -- and the horrendously wrong jury verdicts that eyewitnesses produce.

We Are Naturally Bad Sleuths.. And Frequently Fail To Find The Truth

Mark Godsey | Posted 10.25.2013 | TED Weekends
Mark Godsey

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgHow could 10 witnesses have all said they were certain a defendant was the perpetrator of the crime, when DNA testing later proved that he was innocent?

Doubly Victimizing the Wrongfully Convicted

David Protess | Posted 07.29.2012 | Chicago
David Protess

In Illinois restitution isn't assured unless a freed prisoner first proves his innocence. That's right. Even if the charges have been dropped, he must convince the county's presiding judge that he didn't do the crime.

Mike Sacks

Justices Resist Call For New Rule On Eyewitness IDs | Mike Sacks | Posted 01.02.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court appeared satisfied Wednesday morning that no new constitutional rule was needed to weed out unreliable eyewitness iden...

Mike Sacks

VIDEO: Supreme Court Will Ponder Bad Lawyers, Broken Elbows And Eyewitness IDs | Mike Sacks | Posted 12.28.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court returns to the bench on Monday for another two weeks of oral arguments. Next week's docket is stacked with criminal ca...

Chicago Ought to Change the Standard Ending to That Old Wrongful Conviction Story

Locke Bowman | Posted 12.20.2011 | Chicago
Locke Bowman

Behind each wrongful conviction lie broken lives and shattered dreams. Each one represents a serious and substantial failure of law enforcement: the wrong person locked up; the actual perpetrator at large.

On Race, the Death Penalty, and Troy Davis

Sam Sommers | Posted 11.23.2011 | Politics
Sam Sommers

It's hard to escape the notion that the most salient difference between the cases is that Crowe is a White man and Davis is Black. And study after study of capital trials across jurisdictions --including Georgia -- have demonstrated that race matters when it comes to the death penalty.

Journalists: How You Can Localize the Troy Davis Story

Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism | Posted 11.22.2011 | Media
Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism

Experts say human memory is malleable and that eyewitnesses' recollections should be treated with the delicacy of any other crime scene evidence. That doesn't always happen. Here, a resource guide for covering misidentifications and wrongful convictions in your jurisdiction.

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.

Why Eyewitness Memory Isn't All It's Cracked Up to Be (Part II)

Sam Sommers | Posted 10.31.2011 | Crime
Sam Sommers

The legal complications of the constructive nature of memory are clear: being an accurate eyewitness is far more difficult that we give it credit for.

Why Eyewitness Memory Isn't All It's Cracked Up to Be (Part I)

Sam Sommers | Posted 10.30.2011 | Crime
Sam Sommers

Few moments in a courtroom are as compelling to a jury as seeing a confident witness point out a defendant and say, "that's the man I saw at the crime scene."

N.J. Supreme Court Orders Changes To Use Of Eyewitness Evidence

AP | BETH DeFALCO | Posted 10.24.2011 | Politics

TRENTON, N.J. — New Jersey's highest court ordered changes Wednesday to the way eyewitness identifications are used, saying the current system i...

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...

Radley Balko

Myths Of The Criminal Justice System: Part 3 | Radley Balko | Posted 08.24.2011 | Crime

Note: As part of this week's launch of the HuffPost's Crime vertical, senior writer and criminal justice reporter Radley Balko outlines 10 popular myt...

A Near Miss

Andrea Lyon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Andrea Lyon

Witness memory is like any other evidence at a crime scene; it must be preserved carefully and retrieved methodically, or it can be contaminated.

Ohio Latest in Reform Trend to Prevent Wrongful Convictions

John Terzano | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
John Terzano

On April 5th Ohio Governor Ted Strickland signed a reform bill that will help reduce wrongful convictions and improve the fairness and accuracy of our...

DNA: The Freedom Fighter (Part III of III)

Cari Shane | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Cari Shane

Since 2006, Maine resident Morrison Bonpasse has worked tirelessly for the exoneration of a man he had never met or even heard of until just a few years ago.