Eyewitness Identification

Learn what makes an identification procedure unfair, and how courts handle unreasonable IDs.

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The identification of suspects by eyewitnesses is anything but a precise science. In order to account for this imprecision, courts have instituted a number of rules regulating the process by which witnesses attempt to identify perpetrators. The ultimate goal is to avoid suggestiveness: If an identification process is tainted in that regard, a court will suppress the resulting ID.