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March 2007 , Page 6 

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By Jack King

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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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