Experts On Eyewitness Evidence

CourtroomSaying that convictions are too often based on inaccurate identification, a report ordered by the New Jersey Supreme Court has called for mandatory pretrial hearings to evaluate the testimony of eyewitnesses in all criminal cases.  The special report, filed Monday, said judges should consider the wealth of scientific studies that explain why the most certain of witnesses may be wrong, and how to ensure better reliability.

If the recommendations are adopted by the state’s highest court, New Jersey would have the country’s most rigorous system to deal with eyewitness testimony, which is known to carry great weight with juries but has attracted increasing concern…More than 200 studies, articles, and books were examined, and seven experts testified before retired appellate Judge Geoffrey Gaulkin, who filed the 88-page report with the high court.

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