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

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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 w ...more
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published January 15th 2005 by St. Martin's Press
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James Doyle's True Witness: Cops, Courts, Science, and the Battle Against Misidentification dives into the history of the field of psychology and the players who have questioned the role of eyewitness memory in the legal arena.

Research has repeatedly shown that the human memory is not a video camera and are easily influenced by any number of things, including passage of time, suggestions by police, and racial differences between victims and offenders.

Doyle presents the case of Jennifer Thompson,
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Marjorie Campbell
Wonderfully written, engaging analysis of identification procedures in the court system. Most of interest to the players in the criminal area, victims, lawyers, accused, cops and judges but a delicious insight into the frailities of human recall.
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