Juries Need Guidance on Cross-Racial IDs

, New York Law Journal


The former prosecutors and judges profiled in your article are not alone in seeking to appear as amici in 'People v. Boone' to urge the use of a jury instruction on the increased risk of misidentification in all cases involving cross-race identifications. A range of diverse and well-respected organizations seek to file briefs, which speaks to the magnitude of the risk, the general consensus about the "cross-race effect" in the relevant scientific research and the view that a mandatory instruction can mitigate the risk.

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