Sunday, June 03, 2012

Implementing eyewitness ID legislation

Scott Ehlers, formerly one of state Sen. Rodney Ellis' staffers who is now employed at the Harris County Public Defenders office, authored an item in The Defender, the Texas defense bar's magazine, analyzing the state's new eyewitness ID legislation, the status of its implementation, and its potential legal import from the perspective of defense counsel. One of the more detailed, user-friendly summaries for practitioners I've seen.

1 comment:

Thomas R. Griffith said...

Hey Grits, thanks for keeping us in the know regarding any & all things 'reform'. Please consider an update that includes a listing of those "pushing back" and if anything is done about it. Asking due to the local news ignoring it.

If I'm reading the article correctly? On Sept. 1, 2012, Police will no longer be allowed to conduct live Show-Ups showcasing attendees with white skin, ranging from 17 to 31 yrs. old in cases where a crime victim describes 20 yr. old black skinned suspects’.

Q. do you know off hand if there is anything in the works that applies to enhancing penalties for crime victims (and the alleged) when it can be shown they knowingly & willingly supplied falsified suspect descriptions and / or positively picked someone that in no way resembles the original descriptions?