Eyewitness Testimony Is Suspect in Wrongful Convictions

april 26, 2004  04:30 pm
Because of the advent of DNA forensics, thousands of convictions in the United States have been overturned in light of new physical evidence. According to recent studies, 80 percent of these wrongful convictions were based upon false or mistaken eyewitness testimony. David S. Bernstein of the The Boston Phoenix reports on the outmoded techniques the Boston Police Department uses for eyewitness identification. He describes three convictions that merit another look.