Eyewitnesses Don’t Always Get It Right

Can you trust your own eyes? Would you make a reliable eye witness?

Take this quick video test, courtesy of Dallas Fox station KDFW. One of the men in the video steals a tape and then walks right in front of the surveillance camera giving you a perfect look at his face. Then try to pick him out of a police lineup. It’s harder than you think!

go An interesting post by Poynter Online’s Al Tompkins focuses on how eyewitness testimony often can be unreliable. Mistaken eyewitness identification is the Number 1 reason innocent people have been sent to prison in Virginia, a two-year study concludes. The study is compelling, but it’s not personal. To better get a feel of the injustice of a mistaken conviction, read “My Name is Not Robert,” from the New York Times Magazine back in 2000, or this compilation of stories of the wrongly convicted.

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  1. Mihaela Lica says:

    Amazing entry (rare to see this topic on a PR blog, but you are a force for good). I like the way you choose your topics. You manage to puzzle me thoughts. I had no idea that this is such a big issue in the US, but the same happens in Europe (Germany) and the legal system is always in a hurry to “convict” people… I think it is all about the money (the longer a trial, the highest the wins for lawyers and judges and…)

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