Crime & Law Enforcement Issues & Death Penalty/eyewitness identification

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what are the possible causes of mistaken eyewitness identification and examples?

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Rudy,

Everybody sees something different. If you line up 10 people and show them the exact same scenario, there is a good chance you'll get 8 different opinions.

It can be light, eyes sight, observer's powers of observation (or lack thereof) clothing confusion, power of suggestion, poor memory, etc.

People confuse height and weight most frequently, then hair color and lastly clothing.

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