News 07.25.08

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A new study by London scientists has found that high levels of anxiety – such as the threat of physical harm – can strongly impair a person’s ability to make an eyewitness identification. The study further confirms years of social science research indicating that eyewitness identifications by victims of crimes are unreliable.



Read an analysis of the study on the Eyewitness ID Reform Blog


Download the full study text


Serious budget cuts in Arizona

may force the state crime lab to charge law enforcement agencies for testing it used to conduct for free. One sheriff said this decision may force agencies to "kind of cherry-pick which cases they're going to send up to the lab for analysis."

An upcoming book by Rutgers Law Prof. George C. Thomas questions to the success of the American legal system in obtaining the truth in criminal cases. In “The Supreme Court on Trial,” George C. Thomas argues that by exposing hundreds of wrongful convictions legal advocates have shown that our system is broken and needs reform. The reforms he suggests range from practical fixes to an extreme overhaul of our criminal justice system.

Read a review on the CrimProfBlog

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Buy the book here.


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