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The Shortcomings of Eyewitness Testimony

You are a social psychologist contacted by a defense attorney who is convinced that her client is innocent of assault. The prosecution's case rests heavily on eyewitness testimony. You have agreed to serve as an expert witness whose task is to educate the jury about the shortcomings of eyewitness testimony. What would you tell the court?

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Some of the shortcomings of eyewitness testimony are that there could be too many different variations to the same story. Witnesses see things in different ways. These witnesses cannot answer forensic questions with reasonable accuracy. They really do not help the judge and jury reach more accurate conclusions that would otherwise be ...