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Friday, February 24, 2006

Line-up Process Questioned

The Innocence Institute has written extensively about false eye-witness identification procedures.

In this article by Andrea Wiegl that originally ran in The News & Observer, the author reports that North Carolina District Attorney's are questioning established practices in regard to eyewitness identification procedures:

When eyewitnesses pick a crime suspect out of a photo lineup, the police are supposed to ask them how confident they are that they've made the right choice.

Now some prosecutors say they don't want officers to do that.
The N.C. Criminal Justice Education and Training Standards Commission is requiring that officers learn to ask the so-called confidence question. It's meant to help prevent wrongful convictions.

But opponents say the question injects reasonable doubt into investigations that defense lawyers can exploit later. The executive committee of the N.C. Conference of District Attorneys came out against the practice this month.

For the whole story, click here.

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