4 factors that may influence eyewitness testimony

Police, prosecutors and juries often rely on eyewitness testimony to determine what really happened at the scene of a crime. While this may seem like a concrete way to get a conviction, eyewitness testimony isn’t rock solid and can be affected by several factors. When you are the accused in a court case, it’s vital […]

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Facebook post finds witness who can clear wrongfully convicted men

Since its creation, Facebook has been the source of much controversy within the criminal justice system. Historically, Facebook has been a valuable tool for law enforcement to investigate and catch alleged criminals in Wisconsin and around the country. Facebook has been credited with helping authorities solve cases ranging from computer sex crimes to lesser offenses […]

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Courts begin to re-examine the use of eyewitness testimony

We have previously written that some tools of the criminal justice system – ones which have long defined standards of evidence – are now being challenged, and sometimes discredited. Chief among these is the use and reliability of eyewitness testimony. Numerous studies over the past several years have concluded that human memory is incredibly fallible, […]

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Study shows physical exertion can make police officers forgetful

We have previously written about the problems with eyewitness testimony when it comes to accurately prosecuting anything from drug charges to sex crimes to simple shoplifting. The problem is that human memory and observational abilities are extremely fallible, yet eyewitness testimony often proves very convincing in court. This has led to countless wrongful convictions over the years, […]

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