CBC News: Disclosure Eyewitness: Unreliable Evidence

CBC News: Disclosure Eyewitness: Unreliable Evidence

It's one of the justice system's little secrets. Take a selective and sometimes deceptive memory, add flawed police procedures, and witnesses will identify the wrong person — but no one knows how often. Not convinced? Well then, you be the eyewitness. This program starts with a staged shooting — an experiment to test the weakness of eyewitness testimony conducted by Dr. Rod Lindsay who studies eyewitness memory. After the "shooting", students are asked to identify the shooter. Some remember nothing but the shock of the event; others offer detailed descriptions, but it's hard to believe they saw the same person. Lindsay states that best estimates put the number of innocent people convicted based on identification error in Canada at 40 to 300 individuals per year. What role does standard police procedures have in this alarming statistic? What can be done to reduce the chance of misidentification?

  • 2003
  • 00:22:34
  • 15-17
  • Added on: 06/14/2013
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Eyewitness identification -- Canada [LCSH] Evidence (Law) -- Canada [LCSH] Judicial error -- Canada [LCSH] False imprisonment -- Canada [LCSH] Social sciences [LCSH] Law -- Study and teaching [LCSH] Psychology [LCSH]
Mark Kelley (Journalist), Jennifer Campbell (Producer), Randy Werle (Director)
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