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Tue November 22, 2011
The Unreliable Eyewitness
Every year, more than 75,000 eyewitnesses identify criminal suspects in the U.S., and studies suggest that as many as a third of them are wrong.
Nearly 300 people nationally have been exonerated thanks to DNA evidence, and that number is expected to rise. Meanwhile, many guilty people have been let to live free.
Today, where we live, Connecticut’s new task force to look at eyewitness testimony and its reliability.
We’ll talk to a former state supreme court justice and a former police officer about the task force and eyewitness credibility. And, we’ll get the national perspective from a law professor who’s been writing about exoneration.
Have you been an eyewitness? What needs to change about the way we identify crime and criminals?