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DANGERS  OF  EYEWITNESS  IDENTIFICATION

 

This article has been written to provide useful information on a very important topic for lay members of the public who are searching the internet.

 

In cases where eyewitness identification is the vital issue, tragic mistakes have been made.   People have been hanged on eyewitness identification evidence which was accepted by the Jury but which was later proved to be false.   Whilst the death penalty has been abolished in Australia, the reality is that prison gates can slam shut behind an innocent person.   The whole history of the criminal law indicates very clearly that any evidence of eyewitness identification of the accused as the culprit should be treated with very considerable caution.   That history demonstrates that mistakes in eyewitness identification have often been made.   Such evidence is frequently given with apparent confidence by respectable and honest witnesses who are, nonetheless, wholly mistaken.   Both human observation and human recollection are fallible.   Have you ever believed that you have seen somebody you know, only to discover - perhaps after speaking to him or her - that you have made a mistake?    No matter how confident a witness, or witnesses, might appear to be, eyewitness identification should be scrutinised very carefully.   Sometimes such evidence may be correct and reliable.   The difficulty lies in deciding when it is reliable and when it is not.   Even a number of witnesses may be wrong and honestly wrong.

 

AT  THE  END  OF  THIS  ARTICLE,  YOU  ARE  INVITED   TO  TEST  YOURSELF  AS  "AN  EYEWITNESS".   You may well find the test to be both entertaining and very informative.

 

Right now you are invited to view this American video clip:

 

 

The video clip which you have just watched related to a sexual offence where DNA testing could be used to establish the innocence of the wrongly convicted person.   In the majority of crimes, however, there is no DNA found at the scene of the crimes which can be compared with the DNA of a convicted or accused person.   This point is stressed in the following short American video clip which you are invited to view:

 

 

It is vitally important that you choose a vastly experienced and skilled Defence Barrister like to cross-examine eyewitnesses (and other witnesses against you) and to fully prepare and conduct the rest of your Trial.

 

Take control of your own future.   Do it now.   Make direct contact with

Sydney NSW Defence Barrister.

 

We will advise you in conference of the law of identification evidence under the Australian Uniform Evidence Acts, all other relevant law, the strategy for cross-examination in your particular case and all important issues.   (Australian law does, of course, differ from American law in many respects).   In the meantime, however, you are strongly advised neither to refuse, nor agree, to participate in an Identification Parade ("Line Up") without having first obtained legal advice from a vastly experienced criminal lawyer such as Defence Barrister.

 

FINALLY,  TEST  YOURSELF  AS  "AN  EYEWITNESS" .

As you carry out the test, the focus of your attention will not, of course, be distracted to a gun or knife in the hand of a criminal.

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Criminal Lawyer

Sydney based Barrister