In an effort to examine eyewitness identification procedures used by law enforcement agencies statewide, Georgia legislators this year created a House Study Committee on Eyewitness Identification Procedures. Eyewitness misidentification is the leading cause of wrongful convictions and was a factor in the convictions of all six innocent Georgians who have been exonerated by DNA.
Today, at the panel’s third meeting, Innocence Project Co-Director Barry Scheck will testify on eyewitness misidentification as a cause of wrongful conviction and will also outline reforms underway nationwide to improve the accuracy of identification procedures. Iowa State Psychology Professor Gary Wells will testify on social science research in the field of eyewitness identification, and Jennifer Thompson-
will discuss her experience as the victim in a case involving misidentification.