Research shows how to make lineups more fair and less biased.
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Eyewitness testimony can hold a lot of weight with jurors. But eyewitnesses aren't always right, and poor investigative practices can make matters worse.
We all know memory isn’t perfect but how different people focus their attention on an event will affect what they remember.
There’s been an accident - but witness accounts will stray and lose accuracy over time.
Memories of events are notoriously unreliable - especially after some time has passed. Experts and police have developed an app to help the general public record evidence when it's fresh.
Children who witness crime are more vulnerable to error than adults when identifying the perpetrator.
Child eyewitnesses make more mistakes than adults when identifying criminals. A new police lineup design could help us assess their reliability and prevent wrongful convictions.
Eyewitness recollections are easily distorted by the views of others.
Turns out eyewitness testimony is one of the least reliable forms of evidence.
It was the butler.
For decades, the justice system has decided to live with ropey testimonies. Could that be about to change?
Police often rely on witnesses to finger the right guy, but eyewitnesses are far from perfect.
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