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Expert Testimony on the Psychology of Eyewitness Identification$
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Brian L. Cutler

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780195331974

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195331974.001.0001

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1 The Need for Expert Psychological Testimony on Eyewitness Identification

1 The Need for Expert Psychological Testimony on Eyewitness Identification

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(p.3) 1 The Need for Expert Psychological Testimony on Eyewitness Identification
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Expert Testimony on the Psychology of Eyewitness Identification
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Roy S. Malpass

Stephen J. Ross

Christian A. Meissner

Jessica L. Marcon

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195331974.003.001

Failures in the development of diagnostic procedures for obtaining eyewitness identification evidence, in the administration of eyewitness identification procedures, and in the evaluation of eyewitness testimony by police, attorneys, jurors, and judges have been documented repeatedly over the last seventy-five years, with remarkably little effect (in the U.S.) on the routine operation of these systems of justice. Yet, a scientific approach to understanding the causes of eyewitness misidentification has been undertaken and a body of knowledge and the means of expanding it to benefit society in general and the criminal justice system in particular is available to law enforcement entities. This chapter explores the underlying research base on eyewitness identification, including the scientific basis upon which expert testimony relies.

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