Eyewitness Identification

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Eyewitness Identification: An Examination of Factors that Affect the Accuracy of Lineups When Conducted by North Carolina Law Enforcement Officers Project Thesis Presented to the Faculty of the University of Mount Olive School of Professional Studies In Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree of Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice & Criminology By: Lisa D. Harkley Submission date by June 3, 2014 University of Mount Olive at Washington Approved by_________________________________________ Date ________________ CRJ 498 Instructor: Dr. Charles Robinson Table of Contents Abstract …………………………………………………………………………………………..3 Introduction ………………………………………………………………………………………4 Literature Review…show more content…
This type of evidence is heavily weighed upon during trial because it gives the impression to the judge and jury that there was actually someone there when the set of events took place. Most of the time, this information is given by what is called a lay witness. Testimonial evidence should not be deem more reliable than physical evidence because can be subjective in it natural capacity. Meaning, the perception of the events reported by the witness at that time, along with other factors, can sometimes cause the testimony to be…show more content…
The DNA exonerations focused attention on the kinds of evidence that produced faulty convictions (Berger, 2006). The chief culprit in over seventy-five percent of the cases was mistaken eyewitness identification testimony, but in more than one third of the exonerations, flawed forensic evidence other than DNA, played a role. Eyewitness Testimony Arguments There are many arguments for and against eyewitness testimony use in court. Some of the benefits would consist to actually having someone at the incident as it actually occurred. Another benefit would also be having a first- hand account of what an individual who could give testimony of what was seen or experienced. Basic human error, biased opinions, and emotions are some of the disadvantages to eyewitness testimonies. Another disadvantage is how line-ups are being conducted; but the worst disadvantage is the difficulty of witnesses trying to identify perpetrators from other ethnic groups or races. Our view and reliability on the criminal justice system is constantly in a state of change. To what extent will these changes reshape our government and laws?

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