Supreme Judicial Court Study Group Report on Eyewitness Evidence and Comments
Group: Massachusetts Judicial Branch
"Because eyewitness identification is the greatest source of wrongful convictions but also an invaluable law enforcement tool in obtaining accurate convictions, and because the research regarding eyewitness identification procedures is complex and evolving," in the fall of 2011, the Justices of the Supreme Judicial Court convened the Study Group on Eyewitness Identification (Study Group) to "offer guidance as to how our courts can most effectively deter unnecessarily suggestive identification procedures and minimize the risk of a wrongful conviction."2 The Honorable Robert J. Kane, Associate Justice of the Superior Court Department, was appointed Chair of the Study Group, and its members are judges, prosecutors, defenders, law enforcement personnel, and academics experienced in matters of criminal law and procedure
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