Criminal Law and Procedure

'U.S. v. Wade' Turns 50: New Era in Eyewitness Identification

, New York Law Journal


Criminal Law and Procedure columnist Barry Kamins writes: Long before the term "wrongful conviction" became commonplace, the U.S. Supreme Court in 1967 noted the conclusion by one commentator that "the influence of improper suggestion upon identifying witnesses probably accounts for more miscarriages of justice than any other single factor—perhaps it is responsible for more such errors that all other factors combined." Fifty years later, New York is about to embark on a new era of eyewitness identification.

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