Steps should be taken to reduce mistaken eyewitness accounts in criminal cases

Great article here about the problem with eyewitness identification in criminal cases.

This problem does occur regularly, and generally occurs in a few certain types of cases (burglaries, purse-snatchings, robberies). But a faulty witness ID can mean someone gets needlessly arrested and charged. We had one thus summer – case got dismissed after the witness gave a deposition in which she admitted that she really didn’t even see the culprit.

No one wins when the wrong person is convicted and a dangerous perpetrator escapes justice. Police could avoid this by changing their practices, and courts could do more to block iffy IDs and urge juries to be more skeptical.

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