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Lisa E. Hasel

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Chapter 8: Eyewitness Testimony and Accuracy

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Eyewitness Testimony and Accuracy
Eyewitness testimony and accuracy

An eyewitness is a person who has observed a person commit a crime, or observed a likely suspect immediately before or after a crime was committed. Eyewitness testimony is when an eyewitness testifies in court about the identity of the person who committed the crime. An eyewitness identification is the process by which an eyewitness to a crime claims to recognize someone as being the person who committed the crime in question. Sometimes, the identification is based on what is called a showup, which is a one-on-one confrontation between the suspect and the eyewitness, arranged by police. However, this can be an extremely suggestive procedure. Often, the identification is made from confidentially viewing a lineup constructed by police, ...

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