Witness Testimony

A forensic interview with a 2-year-old girl, believed to be the youngest person to ever give evidence for a U.K. criminal court, helped prosecutors send a child sexual abuser to prison for 10 years.
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12:31pm
10.12.2017
The use of hearsay testimony to convict former Chicago-area police officer Drew Peterson in the death of his third wife was proper, the Illinois Supreme Court ruled Thursday in upholding the conviction.
by John O'Connor, Associated Press
11:30am
9.22.2017
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A former caseworker faces forgery and other charges for false reporting interviews with victims, family members or witnesses in 12 cases of alleged child abuse or neglect, prosecutors said on Monday.
by Kathleen Foody, Associated Press
12:03pm
9.19.2017
A California state parole panel recommended the release of Leslie Van Houten, the youngest “Manson Family” member convicted in the infamous 1969 murder spree, on Wednesday.
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12:33pm
9.7.2017
Sleep may influence an eyewitness's ability to correctly pick a guilty person out of a police lineup, indicates a study by Michigan State University researchers.
by Michigan State University
12:05pm
9.7.2017
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A man in prison for 45 years could be on the cusp of freedom after another man said he had no role in a 1971 murder in Detroit. A judge last week threw out Richard Phillips’ conviction and granted a new trial. Wayne County prosecutors have pledged...
by Ed White, Associated Press
9:33am
8.18.2017
A Boston man who spent 38 years in prison in the killing of a cab driver was released Tuesday after a prosecutor agreed to vacate his conviction based on "significant doubt" about the fairness of his trial, including the reliance on a witness who...
by Associated Press
9:11am
8.9.2017
An Ohio appeals court ruling has cleared the way for a Cleveland man to seek financial compensation for his time behind bars after the court found he was wrongfully imprisoned for 18 years following a murder conviction. The ruling said authorities...
by Associated Press
11:25am
7.26.2017
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A Supreme Court decision that limits the types of statements that can be admitted as evidence unless the victim testifies in court discourages prosecutors from trying some child maltreatment cases, according to a recent national survey of more than...
by University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
12:17pm
7.20.2017
A blind man, who worked as a trainee officer at a public sector bank, has been found guilty of repeatedly raping a 32-year-old widow, also blind. The woman identified her tormentor by his voice in court.
by Bagish Jha, The Times of India
9:35am
7.19.2017
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Nine people were charged Tuesday with agreeing to help concoct alibis for a Florida murder suspect who last year staged a brazen escape from a crowded courtroom and is accused of killing a woman whose family founded the Halliburton oil services...
by Curt Anderson, Associated Press
10:48am
7.12.2017
A federal appeals court has ruled that two expert witnesses who testified to later discredited bite mark evidence—which led to the murder convictions of two men who have since been cleared by DNA evidence—are covered under “qualified immunity”...
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3:29pm
6.30.2017
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A trend in forensic science is to quantify as much evidence as possible. But an expert witness, who spends their entire career analyzing trace evidence, also has a role in the courtroom, argues a former crime lab director in the journal Forensic...
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10:09am
6.29.2017
A Missouri man who spent nearly 17 years in prison for a 1999 robbery was freed after supporters found another man who looked enough like him that the victim and other witnesses said they could no longer be sure who committed the crime.
by Associated Press
9:28am
6.13.2017
A man who spent 22 years in prison for a double killing he said he didn't do walked free Monday, his New York conviction overturned but prosecutors vowing to get it restored. Two newfound witnesses testified they'd seen a different man commit the...
by Jennifer Peltz, Associated Press
9:43am
5.9.2017
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The acquittal of a suburban foster father charged with sexually abusing boys in his care shows the challenges prosecutors face in proving abuse allegations without strong corroborating evidence. Testimony from six men who said Cesar Gonzales-...
by Karen Matthews, Associated Press
12:59pm
5.4.2017
A new bill passed Friday by the Florida legislature aims to improve the accuracy of eyewitness identifications in the state by tightening lineup procedures, offering more specific instructions for both administrators of photo lineups and...
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12:46pm
5.1.2017
A new report challenges the perception that eyewitness memory is inherently fallible, finding that eyewitness confidence can reliably indicate the accuracy of an identification made under certain, "pristine" conditions.
by Association for Psychological Science
10:44am
4.12.2017
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