Supreme Court of Alaska on IDs

An important ruling today from the Supreme Court of Alaska – jettisoning the Supreme Court’s 1977 Manson v. Brathwaite framework in favor of more detailed and more research-informed set of factors, recommending pre-trial hearings, jury instructions, and use of experts on eyewitness memory – http://www.courtrecords.alaska.gov/webdocs/opinions/ops/sp-7110.pdf (and then finding any errors in the particular case harmless). The ruling cites the National […]

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National Geographic on Forensics

The latest issue of National Geographic, here, on efforts to improve forensics.  “It’s been seven years since the National Academy of Sciences report called for a complete overhaul of forensic science. Some of its recommendations—to create a National Institute of Forensic Sciences, for example—are unlikely to come to pass for financial reasons, say government sources. […]

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