Tagged: eyewitness identification

Extending the Right to Counsel?

In the “class participation” section of my comic, commenter G. T. Bogosian this morning asked: Why does the supreme court keep guaranteeing that we have a right to counsel, but only in situations that almost never come up in real life? Is there some guiding constitutional interpretive philosophy that explains...

A Prosecutor Defends Eyewitness Identification

It’s fairly well-established that eyewitness identification sucks, as a rule. There┬áhave been tons of scientific studies going back decades — and more are conducted all the time — on the reliability of eyewitness testimony. The studies generally conclude that we’re really bad at noticing things, remembering them accurately, and identifying...