News 03.27.07

Does Texas need eyewitness ID reform?

More than 75 percent of wrongful convictions overturned by DNA evidence involved eyewitness misidentification. An article in the Forth Worth Star-Telegram examines the need for proven reforms, like sequential lineups.

"A sequential lineup forces the witness to compare each face with their memory," said Gary Wells, a psychology professor at Iowa State University who introduced the concept. "In the simultaneous version, they tend to compare one person to another and pick whoever looks most like the guy. Then that person tends to become their memory."


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. (Star-Telegram, 3/25/07)

How easy is it to make a misidentification?

Test yourself with this interactive online lineup

. (Star-Telegram)


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