Eyewitness NEWS LINKS
Wells with Anderson Cooper on eyewitness reliability
National Science Foundation video on eyewitness
identification Wells 2015
APA and NSF bring
forensic science to policymakers
NT Times story June 2, 2015
TIME magazine story on the National Academy of Sciences report on
Oregon Supreme Court, November 2012 that throws out the Manson-type approach to
eyewitness identification evidence ...
Article in Discover Magazine
on Eyewitness Identification, November 2012
in American Prospect Magazine on eyewitness identification December 2012
American Bar Association Journal article on eyewitness
identification May 2012
New York Times August 28 article on lineups
Listen to NPR story on eyewitness identification
Eyewitness IDs can be made better; Miller McCune news
Mandatory minimums for lineups...
Florida Innocence Commission Probes Mistaken Identifications
Wells on 60 Minutes
Click here to read an article on
eyewitness identification from the New Yorker magazine January 8, 2001
Click here to
view video from CBS News on Eyewitness Identification Procedures
Click here to read an article
on eyewitness expert testimony from the August 10, 2001 Wall Street
After reading the
Wall Street Journal article, click here to read my comments.
article from the Chronicle of Higher
Education on eyewitness reseaerch.
New Jersey Adopts Sequential and Blind Testing With Lineups! Read this article from
July 21 NEW YORK TIMES
Read New Jersey Guidelines and
cover letter from Attorney General Farmer here
is an editorial on the New Jersey Guidelines
to view a video that discusses problems with eyewitness identification. It
takes a few minutes to load, but it is worth it
sequential lineup reduce accurate identifications in addition to reducing
mistaken identifications? Yes, but...(click here)
UK police hold dog lineup!
An analysis of the 100+ DNA
exoneration cases click here
Click here to see the Illinois Governor's Commission Recommendations for
lineups (they begin with recommendation 10). These are worth reading.
testimony rulings in selected states, click here
NEW Texas judge sees merit in proposed lineup reforms; click
Click here to read a 30 May, 2002 article from the Christian
Science Monitor on lineups.
Monthly article by Margaret Talbot calls for sequential lineups and blind
testing. Click here
Frequently asked questions about
NEW! "My search as a cop for justice in a flawed
criminal justice system" by Sunil Dutta
Story out of Dallas: Witness describes how
prosecutor told him which guy to identify. [I have been writing about these problems for over 30 years. These
real case discoveries are becoming more commonplace but the reforms that I have
been proposing are still being resisted in many jurisdictions across the
Boston DA Conley credits double-blind lineup reforms in part
for higher conviction rate.
"New approach has convinced jurors that police are more careful
about whom they arrest" he said.
Associated Press article Sept, 25, 2009 on New Jersey
USA Today article on lineups Sept. 19, 2009
Who killed the eyewitness bill in Texas?
Newsweek article on
eyewitness identification (March 2009)
Reason article on eyewitness identification April 8, 2009
law enforcement agrees to eyewitness identification changes...
See Atlanta Constitution article
"During Williams’s trial, the
victim was asked, on a scale of one to a hundred, how sure she was that
Williams assaulted her." “One hundred and twenty,” she testified. Williams
served 21 years in prison before DNA tests cleared him.
Dallas Police Department revamps show-up policy
Justice Project survey shows that only a small percentage of
Texas police departments have written eyewitness identification policies and
those that do are generally inadequate...
Three Dallas Morning News articles
on eyewitness identification- October 12 article, Oct. 13
article, Oct. 16
May 2008 article in Nature on eyewitness
JEHT Foundation funds eyewitness identification field
208th DNA exoneration is mistaken ID in Florida
Georgia House approves eyewitness
legislation in 2008 Atlanta Progressive News See also
earlier articles: Atlanta Constitution Atlanta
North Carolina adopts lineup reforms
Justice Project review of eyewitness identification policy
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette story on composites from March 25,
Post-Gazette eyewitness story March 12, 2007
Jersey Supreme Court ruling requires eyewitness ID behavior to be recorded. See
Star Ledger article August 1, 2006
Associated Press story on mistaken identification from July
Wrong man executed because of mistaken ID?
Also, see video here
article on eyewitness reform May 2006
Eyewitness recommendations of the California Commission for
the Fair Administration of Justice
Download Wisconsin's new Model Policy for Eyewitness
Was an innocent man executed in Texas based on eyewitness
identification? You decide.
U.S. Court of Appeals 7th Circuit upholds Wells' testimony
in civil suit regarding Chicago lineup
rules on show-ups
July 2005 ruling by the Wisconsin Supreme Court on show-ups. Click here for the written opinion
article from August 2005 on lineup reforms
revamp lineup procedures, story from the Washington Post
Listen to Feb 2005 NPR story on lineups
Read Chicago Tribune story on lineups from
February 17, 2005.
from February 7, 2005 Chicago Tribune on lineups
FBI framed man in part via eyewitness evidence; January 2005 article
2005 article on eyewitness identification from Legal Affairs
Dec. 8, 2004
Christian Science Monitor article on lineups
Police charge man based on witness identification from photo
lineup. But he was dead a year before crime occurred: Associated Press
Boston Globe article click here Boston Herald
article click here
North Carolina law enforcement moving
towards double-blind sequential lineups.
Article from Durham, NC News and Observer, June 2004.
Scientific American article on lineups, click here
Click to read (April
2003) eyewitness identification article from The Washington Post
Click to read (April 2003) eyewitness identification article
from The Economist
Click to read (April 2003) eyewitness identification article
from The St. Petersburg Times
Newsday article on lineups from February 12, 2003, click here