eyewitness identification

NEW RULES ON EYEWITNESS IDENTIFICATION MAY BE IN THE OFFING

N.J. Law Journal reports:

The state Supreme Court may be on the verge of adopting tougher standards for the admissibility of eyewitness identifications in criminal trials. For more than two hours on Monday, lawyers argued over whether the justices should adopt a special master’s recommendations that there be mandatory pretrial examinations of eyewitnesses and officers who administer photo arrays and lineups, similar to the hearings held to determine the admissibility of DNA and fingerprint evidence. Retired Superior Court Judge Geoffrey Gaulkin, in a report last June, said the current identification procedures, many of which date back to 1977, are no longer valid and said there is strong scientific evidence that mistaken identifications of criminal suspects occur far too often. But the state argues that eyewitness identifications are fact questions that are properly within the province of the jury.

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About Lawrence "Larry" Berezin

I retired from the private practice of law after a 35-year legal career and fight parking tickets for people like you and me. I love sharing valuable information and beating NYC parking tickets for the driving community

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