Last week, the New Jersey Supreme Court made it easier for defendants to challenge eyewitness testimony on the grounds that it may be flawed. Research shows that about one-third of the witnesses who pick out suspects choose the wrong person. We look at recommendations for eyewitness testimony protocol, and at some of the reforms already in the works in California.
Reliability of Eyewitness Testimony
Gary Wells, professor of psychology at Iowa State University
Robert Weisberg, professor of law at Stanford and co-director of the Stanford Criminal Justice Center
Karyn Sinunu-Towery, assistant district attorney for Santa Clara County