The Champion

November 2007 , Page 45 

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Reviews in Review

By Ellen S. Podgor

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Mistaken Identity

Lisa J. Steele, Trying Cases of Mistaken Identity: Advice to Connecticut Counsel Following State v. Ledbetter, 25 Quinnipiac Law Review 799 (2007):

Certainty is not necessarily accuracy, especially when it comes to eyewitness identification. Even the truthful and well-meaning witness can be mistaken. Attorney Lisa J. Steele explores mistaken identity in the context of cases where there is little or no corroboration. The article provides some useful lists, such as factors that might influence perception (e.g., lighting, distance, alertness). Ms. Steele highlights Connecticut law, specifically focusing on the decision in State v. Ledbetter. She notes that “[t]his decision may be the first of many to bring Connecticut criminal procedure in line with widely-accepted psychological research.” Although this article is Connecticut specific, it includes important legal and tactical advice that may prove helpful in other jurisdictions.

Citizen Ignorance

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