The Unreliability of Eyewitness Testimony - Schneier on Security

Justice Elena Kagan said jailhouse informants could also create an especially "unreliable" category. "I understand you have very good empirical evidence which should lead us all to wonder about the reliability of eyewitness testimony," she said. "I'm just suggesting that eyewitness testimony is not the only kind of testimony which people can do studies on and find that it's more unreliable than you think."

The reliability of childhood eyewitness testimony has both legal and psychological relevance

Justice Elena Kagan said jailhouse informants could also create an especially "unreliable" category. "I understand you have very good empirical evidence which should lead us all to wonder about the reliability of eyewitness testimony," she said. "I'm just suggesting that eyewitness testimony is not the only kind of testimony which people can do studies on and find that it's more unreliable than you think."

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The I-I-Eye method can be used on appeal to weigh in on the reliability of eyewitness testimony The execution of Troy Davis on Wednesday in Georgia has raised questions about the reliability of eyewitness testimony, particularly in death penalty cases.

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The execution of Troy Davis on Wednesday in Georgia has raised questions about the reliability of eyewitness testimony, particularly in death penalty cases.

Testimony on Reliability of Eyewitness Testimony, 46 A.L.R


As perhaps the single most effective method of proving the elements of a crime, eyewitness testimony has been vital to the trial process for centuries. However, the reliability of eyewitness testimony has recently come into question with the work of organizations such as The Innocence Project, which works to exonerate the wrongfully convicted. This thesis examines previous experiments concerning eyewitness testimony as well as court cases in which eyewitnesses provided vital evidence in order to determine the reliability of eyewitness testimony as well as to determine mitigating or exacerbating factors contributing to a lack of reliability.The standard jury questionnaire includes a catchall question as to whether there is any reason that the juror could not serve in a fair and impartial manner. Last week, a juror noted concerns over the reliability of eyewitness testimony. I had never had a juror make such an observation – but I was aware that there were some studies out there about how people perceive things in traumatic situations. In the jury selection process, we hashed out the issues surrounding the credibility of eyewitness testimony – and the juror concluded that he could be a fair and impartial juror.