Forensic Paper

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Dictionary.com defines an eyewitness as, “a person who actually sees some act, occurrence, or thing and can give a firsthand account of it.” Each year, over 75,000 eyewitnesses identify suspects in the US, but how many of them are actually correct? “Eyewitness misidentification is the single greatest cause of wrongful convictions nationwide, playing a role in more than 75% of convictions overturned through DNA testing.” Since 1992, the Innocence Project has been working to exonerate wrongfully convicted suspects, including many who were victims of eyewitness misidentification. Through DNA testing, over 200 people have been found innocent of crimes they were originally convicted of. Although eyewitness testimonies are evidence that "juries seem most receptive to, and not inclined to discredit", more often than not, they are wrong. And that can be a problem. While a case may seem easier when there is an eyewitness, their testimony might not always be accurate. An average person sees a lot every day, but how much do they notice and remember? As the famous detective Sherlock Holmes once...
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