I can’t help thinking about Jason’s case when I read this article and the fact that she described Jason as “short and balding”. And conveniently there were no surveillance videos to back up her statements. The jurors should have completely disregarded her testimony.

Wrongful Convictions Blog

eyeIt has been heavily documented that eyewitness misidentification is the single largest contributing cause of wrongful conviction.  The reasons for this are many, and range from the vagaries of how the human brain works, to the procedures used by law enforcement for establishing an eyewitness identification.  In court, an eyewitness identification will even trump a rock solid alibi, so it’s important to do everything possible to ensure the integrity of eyewitness identifications.  There’s not a lot we can do about the vagaries of the human brain, except try to understand how they impact a person’s memory and perception.  But there are lots of things we can do about how police go about establishing an eyewitness ID.  Federal guidelines have been issued, and a number of states have taken steps to improve the process, including mandating  the use of “blind” administration of lineups.  It seems, however, that what’s being done…

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