Constructing Evidence and Educating Juries: The Case for Modular, Made-In-Advance Expert Evidence About Eyewitness Identifications and False Confessions

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  • August 3, 2015

Psychological testimony on the actual importance of certain kinds of evidence, such as eyewitness testimony and confession, has grown in the past few decades. The importance of understanding this kind of evidence has been highlighted by the many people who were convicted on eyewitness testimony but later exonerated by DNA evidence. Expert psychological testimony, however, is expensive and there are not enough experts to testify in every criminal case. Therefore, Professor Mnookin argues that premade, modular testimony should be created to be given to juries on these topics.