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Mistaken Identification: The Eyewitness, Psychology and the Law
     

Mistaken Identification: The Eyewitness, Psychology and the Law

by Brian L. Cutler, Steven D. Penrod
 

ISBN-10: 0521445728

ISBN-13: 9780521445726

Pub. Date: 08/28/1995

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

The criminal justice system has devised several procedural safeguards to protect defendants from erroneous conviction resulting from mistaken eyewitness identification. Mistaken Identification: The Eyewitness, Psychology and the Law reviews the empirical research bearing on the adequacy of those safeguards. This body of literature converges on the conclusion

Overview

The criminal justice system has devised several procedural safeguards to protect defendants from erroneous conviction resulting from mistaken eyewitness identification. Mistaken Identification: The Eyewitness, Psychology and the Law reviews the empirical research bearing on the adequacy of those safeguards. This body of literature converges on the conclusion that traditional safeguards such as presence of counsel at lineups, cross-examination, and judges' instructions, are ineffective safeguards against mistaken eyewitness identification. Expert psychological testimony on eyewitness memory, designed to educate the jury about how memory processes work and how eyewitness testimony should be evaluated, shows much greater promise as a safeguard against mistaken identifications and erroneous convictions. Mistaken Identification is an invaluable text for advanced psychology students, law students and researchers of memory.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521445726
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
08/28/1995
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.67(d)

Table of Contents

1. Eyewitness identification errors; 2. The admissibility of expert testimony on the psychology of eyewitness identification; 3. Eyewitness experts in the courts of appeal; 4. The scientific psychology of eyewitness identifications; 5. Summarizing eyewitness research findings; 6. Factors that influence eyewitness memory: witness factors; 7. Factors that influence eyewitness memory: perpetrator and event factors; 8. The effects of suggestive identification procedures on identification accuracy; 9. Legal representation at identification procedures; 10. Attorney sensitivity to factors influencing eyewitness reliability; 11. Surveying lay knowledge about sources of eyewitness unreliability; 12. The ability of jurors to differentiate accurate from inaccurate eyewitnesses; 13. Jury sensitivity to factors that influence eyewitness reliability; 14. Expert testimony and its possible impacts on the jury; 15. Improving juror knowledge, integration and decision making; 16. Court-appointed and opposing experts: better alternatives?; 17. Instructing the jury about problems of mistaken identification.

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