Eyewitness ID: A Primary Cause of Wrongful Convictions
A Dallas Morning News investigation has produced a series of articles that every judge, lawyer, and citizen who might ever sit on a jury should read. The paper examined 19 wrongful convictions in Dallas County.
In every instance but one, a Dallas Morning News investigation found, police and prosecutors built their case on eyewitness accounts, even though they knew such testimony can be fatally flawed.
Eyewitness identification procedures often cause victims to believe with certainty that their mistaken identifications are correct.
In such cases, witnesses can give false testimony with complete confidence. And nothing convicts like a confident eyewitness.
Part I explains why the common practice of showing an array of suspect photographs to crime victims so often leads to misidentifications and wrongful convictions. [more ...]
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