Report questions eyewitnesses' reliability, testimony

The New Jersey Supreme Court has called for mandatory pretrial hearings to evaluate the testimony of eyewitnesses in all criminal cases


By Emilie Lounsberry
The Philadelphia Inquirer

Saying that convictions are too often based on inaccurate identification, a report ordered by the New Jersey Supreme Court has called for mandatory pretrial hearings to evaluate the testimony of eyewitnesses in all criminal cases.

The special report, filed Monday, said judges should consider the wealth of scientific studies that explain why the most certain of witnesses may be wrong, and how to ensure better reliability.

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