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Thursday, September 30, 2004

Eyewitness identification

Police and prosecutors across the country are reconsidering the way they conduct lineups, photo arrays and other identification procedures because of false eyewitness identifications. Of the first 138 cases in which wrongfully convicted persons were exonerated through DNA evidence, two-thirds of the original convictions were based on a bad eyewitness ID.

Chicago detectives are among the latest to change the way they conduct identifications.

The state of New Jersey, city of Boston and city of Minneapolis are among other jurisdictions that have made similar changes to the way identification procedures are conducted. All these changes are based on recommendations made by the U.S. Department of Justice in 1999.

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