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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.



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