Wisconsin Law Review

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Wisconsin Law Review- Wells - eyewitness identification evidence is a major cause of the conviction of innocent persons - system variables- factors affecting the reliability of eyewitness identifications that the criminal justice system could (or should) control - Lineups- purpose is to see if the witness will identify the suspect as being the offender o Typical lineup has six people, one suspect and fie fillers (non suspect people merely there to the make process fair to the suspect. Help protect against mistaken identificaiton) - Relative judgments o People have tendency to select the person who looks most like the offender relative to the other members of the line up o Research: Even though witnesses are warned that the offender might not be in the lineup, removing the offender form the lineup led witnesses to shift to the next best choice o Most difficult problem for witnesses is recognizing the absence of the offender, because even when the offends is not in the lineup, there is someone who looks most likes the offender relative to the other members of the line up o Majority of DNA exoneration cases represent instances in which the actual offender was not in the lineup - False confidence o Witnesses can be confident, but not accurate o Feedback to eyewitnesses who have made mistaken identifications can lead them to inflate their confidence dramatically o Case of Jennifer Thompson- IDed Ronald Cotton’s picture from a lineup, police said “thought that might be the one,” and at the
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