Thursday, 15 August 2013

The Fallibility Of Memory

14 August 2013

Evidence-based justice: Corrupted memory

"Elizabeth Loftus has spent decades exposing flaws in eyewitness testimony. Her ideas are gaining fresh traction in the US legal system.

In the early hours of 9 September, 1984, a stranger entered Mrs M's California home through an open living-room window. Finding Mrs M asleep, he tried to rape her, but fled when other people in the house awoke. Mrs M described her assailant to the police: he was black, weighing about 170 pounds and 5'7” to 5'9” tall, with small braids and a blue baseball cap.

Officers cruising her neighbourhood spotted someone roughly matching that description standing beside his car a block away from the house. The man, Joseph Pacely, said that his car had broken down and he was looking for someone to jump-start it. But Mrs M identified him as her attacker and he was charged ..."

http://www.nature.com/news/evidence-based-justice-corrupted-memory-1.13543 

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Posted: 10/26/2013 11:00 AM: Updated: 10/26/2013

The Urgent Need to Reform Police Collection of Eyewitness Evidence

http://content.intweetiv.com/view?title=The+Urgent+Need+to+Reform+Police+Collection+of+Eyewitness+Evidence&iframe=http://www.huffingtonpost.com/tara-lai-quinlan/the-urgent-need-to-reform_b_4164848.html?utm_hp_ref=tedweekends&ir=TED+Weekends

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Filmed May 2012 • Posted Sep 2012

Scott Fraser: Why eyewitnesses get it wrong

http://www.ted.com/talks/scott_fraser_the_problem_with_eyewitness_testimony.html?utm_source=twitter&source=twitter&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=ios-share

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