If you have been charged with a criminal offense in Pennsylvania, or elsewhere, then you know that your arrest may have been based on eyewitness testimony. Identifications and testimony given by eyewitnesses have long been considered one of the most reliable types of evidence. More and more, however, it has been shown that eyewitness recall might not be as accurate as it was once thought to be. In fact, Science magazine reports that eyewitness testimony was the basis for approximately 75 percent of wrongful convictions for murder and rape.
It is a common misconception that the human mind recalls memories like a video recorder replaying recorded events. Rather, remembering events is more like putting the pieces of a puzzle together, according