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Reviews in Review
By Ellen S. Podgor
Reviews in Review columns.
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.
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