Eyewitness Memory

Eyewitness memory is a very questionable piece of evidence when presented in court. About 75 percent of DNA-based exonerations have come in cases where witnesses got it wrong. The memory of a witness is easily subject to change and can be altered by a simple suggestion from anyone. The memory of a witness varies depending on the emotions experienced, and the pressure from society to correctly recall and retell the events of the crime. The presence of a weapon also distracts the witness and causes them to pay more attention to the weapon than to the actual perpetrator.

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  1. Eyes are a very tricky source. You might think you saw something and then in reality you didn’t. Specially when put under pressure as to were your decision either incarcerates or let’s someone out.

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