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Eyewitness ID Reform Litigation: NACDL v. Evanston

NACDL has been fighting in the Illinois courts since Feb. 2007 to secure access to data and other materials related to the Chicago Police Department’s controversial, taxpayer-funded report on lineups and eyewitness procedures. The report sets forth highly controversial, and widely criticized conclusions that current eyewitness procedures—those that use traditional line ups where all suspects stand in a room together—are more effective than new procedures used in other American cities to reduce errors that can lead to wrongful convictions. Although academic research has consistently found that sequential, double-blind identification procedures substantially reduce false identifications, the report claimed that in “real life” lineups, the traditional method was more reliable. The Chicago, Evanston and Joliet police departments participated in the study with the Illinois State Police ....more 

Case Materials (chronological order)

NACDL's FOIA Requests*

Circuit Court Decision, No. 07 CH 3622, June 30, 2008

Circuit Court Decision, No. 07 MR 530, July 31, 2008

NACDL's Opening Appellate Brief

NACDL's Appellate Reply Brief

Brief of Amici Curiae Supporting NACDL

Appellate Court Reversal, February 25, 2010

"A Second Look at the Illinois Pilot Program: The Evanston Data," by Nancy Steblay, The Champion, June 2011. 

*Evanston is the only municipality to agree to turn over their data

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