Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Why eyewitness testimony should be corroborated

This story and these two pictures show why eyewitness testimony should be corroborated to prevent wrongful accusations when the witness did not previously know the person they're identifying. Via Austin Criminal Defense Lawyer and CrimLaw.

1 comment:

800 pound gorilla said...

I seriously doubt that it would have impacted the highlighted case. Let's face it: a second witness is so easily influenced by the first. It would have cut short a LOT of the prosecution of the Salem witch trials and the Inquisition - two widely popular criminal investigations. When I saw the quote from the Torah, I wasn't too convinced: the Torah has so many horrid laws that God would certainly not promulgate. But when Jesus and Paul repeated these laws it gave them credibility. These guys were right on about justice and God's law of grace. Too bad they were selectively quoted and selectively ignored so that people could "believe what their itching ears wanted to hear".