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 ..."
Posted: 10/26/2013 11:00 AM: Updated: 10/26/2013
The Urgent Need to Reform Police Collection of Eyewitness Evidence
Filmed May 2012 • Posted Sep 2012
Scott Fraser: Why eyewitnesses get it wrong