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dc.creatorEsptein, Jules
dc.date.accessioned2021-07-20T20:21:42Z
dc.date.available2021-07-20T20:21:42Z
dc.date.issued2007
dc.identifier.citationJules Epstein. The Great Engine that Couldn’t: Science, Mistaken Identifications, and the Limits of Cross-Examination. 36 Stetson L. Rev. 727 (Spring, 2007).
dc.identifier.issn0739-9731
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/20.500.12613/6739
dc.identifier.urihttp://dx.doi.org/10.34944/dspace/6721
dc.description.abstractWigmore's assertion that cross-examination is the greatest engine for the search for the truth comes with a caveat: it works best for the untruthful witness, or for eliciting facts known to the witness but not acknowledged on direct examination. In the typical eyewitness-based prosecution, neither condition obtains. The eyewitness is not untruthful but may be mistaken; and eyewitnesses do not know the factors [weapons focus, the deleterious effect of stress on eyewitness accuracy, the problem of "own-race bias" in cross-racial crimes] that may have caused the mistake. This article traces cross-examination to its origins and demonstrates that its utility (as originally intended and as developed over centuries) is limited in eyewitness cases. The article concludes that other tools - better jury instructions, and the use of expert witnesses - are essential to ensure a complete search for truth in identification cases.
dc.format.extent58 pages
dc.languageEnglish
dc.language.isoeng
dc.relation.ispartofFaculty/ Researcher Works
dc.relation.haspartStetson Law Review, Vol. 36
dc.relation.isreferencedbyStetson University College of Law
dc.rightsAll Rights Reserved
dc.subjectCross-examination
dc.subjectEyewitness
dc.subjectMistaken identification
dc.subjectWitness
dc.subjectEvidence
dc.titleThe Great Engine that Couldn't: Science, Mistaken Identifications, and the Limits of Cross-Examination
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dc.type.genreJournal article
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dc.description.schoolcollegeTemple University. James E. Beasley School of Law
dc.temple.creatorEpstein, Jules
refterms.dateFOA2021-07-20T20:21:42Z


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