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By Jack King
NACDL News columns.
NACDL Files Suit Over Illinois 'Lineup' Report
Citing wrongful convictions due to mistaken eyewitness identification
and the urgent need to reform traditional police eyewitness
identification procedures, the National Association of Criminal Defense
Lawyers (NACDL), in conjunction with the MacArthur Justice Center of the
Bluhm Legal Clinic at Northwestern University School of Law, filed a
Freedom of Information Act suit on Feb. 8 against the Illinois police
departments that participated in a controversial study of eyewitnesses
and police lineups.
The police departments named in the suit refused FOIA requests to
provide the underlying data and protocols supporting the report’s
controversial conclusion that eyewitnesses are less likely to falsely
identify an innocent suspect in traditional simultaneous, non-blind
lineups — where suspects all stand in one room — than in lineups in
which the witnesses view the suspects one at a time and the
administrator does not k
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