eyewitness testimony

Philosophy Talk asks about perception, memory, and justice

Nov 27, 2015

What do Descartes and Perry Mason have in common? They both distrust eyewitness testimony.  

Taking another look at eyewitness testimony

Feb 13, 2012
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Shows like CSI have taught us that a lot can be gleaned from clues left at a crime scene, and painstakingly pieced together by investigators. What they don’t often show is how fallible evidence can actually be if it’s not properly obtained. More and more, prosecutors and police are coming to question the ways in which they’ve typically done business.