Saturday, October 15, 2011

DNA reversals fuel efforts to improve eyewitness ID's

(Excerpt-PLEASE read full article, so very important to us ALL)

Resistance to change Experts on wrongful convictions say they've encountered some resistance from police departments when new lineup procedures are suggested. Departments don't like to hear that they're not already using best practices, said Jon Gould, a justice, law and society professor at American University. And bureaucratic agencies are often reluctant to embrace any sort of change, said Karen Newirth, the Innocence Project's eyewitness identification litigation fellow. Experts say convincing police that different procedures make their cases and identifications more solid is key in getting agencies to make changes.

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