BAD EYEWITNESS I.D.

In the juvenile bind-over hearing for a defendant charged with breaking into a Portland woman’s home and  sexually assaulting her, the woman  identified the defendant’s interpreter as her assailant.   Then, after a break in the proceedings, the woman  returned to the courtroom, took a closer look at the defendant and his interpreter and claimed she could at that point tell with 100% accuracy that the defendant was her assailant.  This is all very sad, really.  There are lots of studies that show eye witness identification of strangers can be highly inaccurate; even more so when the identification is of a person not of one’s own race.  In this case, eye witness identification is clearly no longer within the realm of credible evidence.

http://www.pressherald.com/news/Victim-of-alleged-rape-misidentifies-suspect-in-courtroom.html

 

Ed Folsom, Biddeford, Saco, Portland, Maine, Criminal Defense, OUI DUI Attorney.

 



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