True Witness: Cops, Courts, Science and the Battle against Misidentification / Edition 1

True Witness: Cops, Courts, Science and the Battle against Misidentification / Edition 1

by James M. Doyle
     
 

ISBN-10: 1403964300

ISBN-13: 9781403964304

Pub. Date: 01/15/2005

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

Honest but mistaken eyewitnesses are the leading cause of wrongful convictions in the United States. As the innocent go to prison their lives are shattered; as the criminal goes free, the public remains vulnerable. With a vivid cast of brilliant scientists, street-wise cops, and former prosecutors--all haunted by the legacy of wrongful convictions, some directly

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Honest but mistaken eyewitnesses are the leading cause of wrongful convictions in the United States. As the innocent go to prison their lives are shattered; as the criminal goes free, the public remains vulnerable. With a vivid cast of brilliant scientists, street-wise cops, and former prosecutors--all haunted by the legacy of wrongful convictions, some directly involved with one--Doyle sheds light on the intersection of personal ambition, legal and political principles, and scientific inquiry. He highlights real possibilities for improved identification, their challenges to the legal tradition, and persuasively argues that the promises of improved justice must be realized before another wrongful conviction lets the guilty go free. This is an important look at a pressing issue in the news with every exoneration.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781403964304
Publisher:
St. Martin's Press
Publication date:
01/15/2005
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
240
Sales rank:
1,198,874
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 9.56(h) x 0.95(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
• I Was as Sure as I Could Be
• Only the Lawyer Is Obdurate: Professor Munsterberg Battles Dean Wigmore
• The Lawyers' Art: Bad Verdicts from Good Witnesses
• Nobody Likes a Smart Ass: Bob Buckout Joins the Battle
• The Book on the Street: The Cops, the Courts, and the Eyewitnesses
• We Took Loftus Seriously: Elizabeth Loftus and the Science of Memory
• Thinking about Seeing: The Accelerating Study of Eyewitnesses
• When Justice Is Done in the Courts: Three Prosecutors Meet the Psychologists
• DNA to the Rescue (of Some)
• Break Out Shot: Gary Wells and the System
• A Technical Working Group: The Police Craft a New Book
• A Road Ahead: The Continuing Study of Wrongful Convictions
• An Endgame: Looking Back on Gary Graham
• Notes
• Current Events: A Short Bibliographical Note
• Acknowledgments
• Index

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