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Mistaken Identification

Mistaken Identification
The Eyewitness, Psychology and the Law

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  • Date Published: August 1995
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521445726

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  • The criminal justice system has devised several procedural safeguards to protect defendants from erroneous conviction resulting from mistaken eyewitness identification. Mistaken Identification: The Eyewitness, Psychology and the Law reviews the empirical research bearing on the adequacy of those safeguards. This body of literature converges on the conclusion that traditional safeguards such as presence of counsel at lineups, cross-examination, and judges' instructions, are ineffective safeguards against mistaken eyewitness identification. Expert psychological testimony on eyewitness memory, designed to educate the jury about how memory processes work and how eyewitness testimony should be evaluated, shows much greater promise as a safeguard against mistaken identifications and erroneous convictions. Mistaken Identification is an invaluable text for advanced psychology students, law students and researchers of memory.

    • An original study by two leading experts in this field
    • Covers areas of interest to lawyers, police and psychologists
    • Offers new evidence on the effectiveness of safeguards to avoiding mistaken identification
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "...drives yet another nail into the coffin of the so-called criminal justice system. You could not find a more meticulous presentation of just how unreliable witnesses are." New Scientist

    "Eyewitness evidence is often fraught with inaccuracies, nevertheless, it has the power of a sledgehammer and it can swiftly put an innocent man behind bars. Cutler and Penrod's book will assist the advocate in mounting an effective attack against this highly damaging evidence." Rene L. Valladares, The Champion

    "It is an impressive work, though not without its flaws. It represents the state of the art and will unquestionably become required reading for anyone interested in the work in this area....The book is, overall, an impressive and important work." Solomon M. Fulero, Contemporary Psychology

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    Product details

    • Date Published: August 1995
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521445726
    • length: 304 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 17 mm
    • weight: 0.45kg
    • contains: 7 b/w illus. 27 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Eyewitness identification errors
    2. The admissibility of expert testimony on the psychology of eyewitness identification
    3. Eyewitness experts in the courts of appeal
    4. The scientific psychology of eyewitness identifications
    5. Summarizing eyewitness research findings
    6. Factors that influence eyewitness memory: witness factors
    7. Factors that influence eyewitness memory: perpetrator and event factors
    8. The effects of suggestive identification procedures on identification accuracy
    9. Legal representation at identification procedures
    10. Attorney sensitivity to factors influencing eyewitness reliability
    11. Surveying lay knowledge about sources of eyewitness unreliability
    12. The ability of jurors to differentiate accurate from inaccurate eyewitnesses
    13. Jury sensitivity to factors that influence eyewitness reliability
    14. Expert testimony and its possible impacts on the jury
    15. Improving juror knowledge, integration and decision making
    16. Court-appointed and opposing experts: better alternatives?
    17. Instructing the jury about problems of mistaken identification.

  • Authors

    Brian L. Cutler, Florida International University

    Steven D. Penrod, University of Minnesota

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