Expert Witnesses in Eyewitness Facial Identification Cases

Date

1986

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Journal ISSN

Volume Title

Publisher

Texas Tech Law Review

Abstract

Discusses the role of expert testimony concerning eyewitness identification. The article analyzes two recent cases from California and Arizona which overturned murder convictions because of excluded expert testimony, reviews the arguments of earlier cases and the California and Arizona rebuttal, and discusses the criteria proposed in these cases to determine whether the expert testimony should be admitted. The article next examines errors which jurors make in assessing eyewitness identification testimony, ways in which the expert evidence may assist the jury in warning them of these errors, and several criteria which might be used to judge the probativeness of various studies upon which the expert testimony rests.

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Keywords

Expert testimony, Evidence

Citation

17 Tex. Tech L. Rev. 1409