Do we put to much reliance on eyewitness evidence during a jury trial? What can be done about it?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    We do indeed put too much reliance on eyewitness evidence during a trial. Based on the research of psychologists like Gary Wells and Beth Loftus, we should be VERY skeptical of eyewitness testimony, however, the courts have been quite reluctant to impose any type of standard on this type of testimony. About the only thing that can be done is for the testimony to continue to be challenged, the mounting body of social science evidence presented in court and have cases begin to be appealed on the basis of eyewitness testimony. Courts are notorious for being reluctant to admit to social science research, but eventually, perhaps with exonerations, etc. they will be forced to relent.

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