A column in today’s Daily Texan points to the prevalence of eyewitness misidentification among wrongful convictions later overturned by DNA and calls for reforms nationwide to both lineup procedures and the way judges instruct juries on eyewitness testimony.
The problems with eyewitness testimony are known, and guidelines to ensure unbiased eyewitness testimony are available. Incorrect eyewitness identification has condemned innocent people to life in prison and even the death penalty. Judges should make sure that juries understand the nature of eyewitness testimony, with all its caveats and pitfalls.
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. (Daily Texas, 07/12/2007)