Effectiveness of Traditional Safeguards Against Erroneous Conviction Arising From Mistaken Eyewitness Identification
The legal system recognizes the potential for error in cases involving eyewitness identifications and has implemented numerous safeguards to protect defendants from wrongful conviction resulting from inaccurate eyewitness identifications. These safeguards include such legal procedures as the presence of counsel at post-indictment lineups, motions to suppress identifications, voir dire, cross-examination, and judicial instructions. This chapter discusses the assumptions underlying these safeguards and reviews the research examining the effectiveness of these safeguards.
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