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Studies say that even though 50 of eyewitness testimonies are wrong the information given to the jury by a confident eyewitness beats the reliable facts of fingerprints and DNA Researchers have studied the affects of eyewitness testimony and it is said that incorrect eyewitness identifications account for more convictions of innocent people than any other causes combined Two studies have shown that after being questioned for a crime positive feedback by police enforcers or other investigators made the eyewitness more confident even if there answer was wrong Unfortunately how confident people are about making identifications doesnt necessarily reflect how accurate their identification is In fact an eyewitness degree of certainty is quite flexible and can easily become overblown Confidence levels can be influenced by external factors that have nothing to do with the witnesss actual memories or perceptions of the event psychologist Elizabeth Brimacombe I believe that eyewitness testimony should not be used in court cases in which it is the only factor of determining the defendants future Other factors should be considered In some cases the jury may not understand the concept of DNA and might not understand the importance and the accuracy of it They have to understand also that the witnesses are not lying or being deceptive they are moral citizens and are trying to be contributive In order to understand why eyewitnesses have such a high incorrectness level it is important to know a few things about memory A persons memory does not function like a video recorder It is more like static which changes and fluctuates over time When someone experiences a consequential event they remember only fragments of the situation and re-associate the information with previously stored memories and also prior expectations Often times an event occurs in a split second and accurate details about the event are difficult to capture and maintain in ones memory If one was to look at a photo spread the first person
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