Expert Testimony on the Psychology of Eyewitness Identification

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Oxford University Press, Aug 27, 2009 - Psychology - 288 pages
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Eyewitness testimony is highly compelling in a criminal trial, and can have an indelible impact on jurors. However, two decades of research on the subject have shown us that eyewitnesses are sometimes wrong, even when they are highly confident that they are making correct identifications. This book brings together an impressive group of researchers and practicing attorneys to provide current overviews and critiques of key topics in eyewitness testimony.
 

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Contents

1 The Need for Expert Psychological Testimony on Eyewitness Identification
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2 Content Form and Ethical Issues Concerning Expert Psychological Testimony on Eyewitness Identification
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3 Effectiveness of Traditional Safeguards Against Erroneous Conviction Arising From Mistaken Eyewitness Identification
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Legal Standards for Admissibility
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5 Appellate Review and Eyewitness Experts
91
A Matter of Common Sense?
115
Consensus Among Experts?
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8 The Influence of Eyewitness Expert Testimony on Jurors Beliefs and Judgments
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9 Limitations of Expert Psychology Testimony on Eyewitness Identification
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10 The Prosecutors Perspective on Eyewitness Experts in the Courtroom
223
Getting the Identification Expert into the Defense Case
249
Afterword
267
Index
271
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