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Articles on Eyewitness Testimony

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Recent cases have come to the fore concerning faulty eyewitness ID raising increasing and continuing concern about the error rate of eyewitness ID. This concern dates all the way back to Janet Reno, Attorney General, who appointed a committee of mentalhealth professionals and attorney to evaluate the area of eyewitness ID.

While on evening patrol, officers discovered two men lurking near a closed gas station in a high-crime area. In the confrontation that followed, the officers fired on the suspects, one of whom appeared to be holding a shotgun.

Consider this scenario: Your client is facing a long prison term, if convicted of a crime for which there is conflicting evidence. The prosecution is about to present an eyewitness. Eyewitnesses can be highly persuasive. Their manner, their emotional connection to jurors and their belief in their own testimony can sway a jury.