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    Eyewitness Model

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    absolute and relative judgments in eyewitness identification." Law and Human Behavior 35 (5): 364-380. Accessed September 14, 2016. doi: 10.1007/s10979-010-9245-1. This peer-viewed report, published in the Law and Human Behavior journal, the official journal for the American Psychology-Law Society compares the two decision-making models of judgement, relative and absolute using the WITNESS model (a computerised memory and decision-making model that produces eyewitness response probabilities) in…

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    Eyewitness Identification

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    Eyewitness Identifications play a major role in convictions. However sometimes the reliability of an eyewitness identification can have questionable accuracy. With Eyewitnesses being wrong for as many as one in every four, they are still considered one of the primary pieces of evidence against a suspect. An Eyewitness in court Identifying a possible suspect is one of the most strongest pieces of evidence to convince a jury. The only thing that can convince a jury more then an individual actually…

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    that many witnesses confidently use in courts of law- to generally support or undermine the position of the perpetrators involved- that is entirely based on their memory of the past. Yet recently, experts have agreed upon the conclusion that the testimony of eyewitnesses in court is unreliable. Why would these so-called experts come to such an abrupt conclusion?…

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    Wrongful Conviction

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    122). But how exactly can an eyewitness give the wrong information about a suspect or a crime, and most importantly, why? Eyewitness can play a fundamental role in identifying a suspect, convicting him/her, and charging. But not all of them are always right. Typically, the eyewitnesses are asked to identify the suspect in a photograph or police line-up. The crucial role here plays the officer, who should choose the fillers for the fair lineup, and give the eyewitness instructions before…

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    suspects of a crime. Most of these identifications are done through either a showup (where one suspect is shown to either a victim or a witness of a crime) or through a lineup (where several people are shown to a victim or witness at the same time). Eyewitness identification is not always accurate, however. Research has shown it is the leading cause of wrongful convictions. An individual's memory replies on perception, a highly selective neurological process that "is as dependent upon…

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    witness’s memory, but also by social perception. Other variables that moderate eyewitness memory can be categorized as commonplace variables, however others are specific biases based on the suspect’s characteristics (Brewer & Wells, 2011). Since the advent of DNA testing, 258 people convicted by juries in the United States have been released, with approximately 200 of these cases being the result of mistaken eyewitness identification. With cognitive and social perspectives, this study simply…

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    their respective cases. Most significantly, however, was the fact that CSI – and shows like CSI – feature heavily simplified court scenes. These scenes present incomplete portrayals of the legal system to viewers, where they see emotionally-charged testimonies that instantaneously incriminate perpetrators and win cases. Initially, with only CSI on the air, there was perhaps little concern…

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    From what I have concluded from the two articles listed below, I do not think eyewitness testimony is a reliable source nor should it be used to convict someone simply because mistakes can be easily made. (Clare) 2012 states that mistakes can often be made due to high stress levels, the act of seeing violence and even the display of a weapon can alter a memory of who the witness truly is. Another major issue with misidentification has to do with different racial profiles, seeing other people at…

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    contributors are eyewitness error, police misconduct, mistaken identity, and race. An eyewitness can be a key contributor for law enforcement or they can be a detriment. A person who witnesses a dramatic event or a crime is often called upon by law enforcement personnel to testify in court as to what he/she witnessed. Their testimony can either confirm what the prosecution is presenting against the accused or their testimony can help the defense. The accuracy of their testimony is sometimes…

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    Non Scientific Evidence

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    Forensic evidence is when one uses specific objects to trace specific evidence one leaves, especially in a crime scene or a certain accident. Eyewitness identification involves selecting from a police lineup or could be something else. After selecting the suspect, most eyewitnesses are asked to make a formal statement. Many eyewitness testimony are misleading and one can change their mind at any given time. For example; a man named Gary Beeman was convicted around 1976, then exonerated in 1979…

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