Helms School of Government
eyewitness, testimony, reliability, innocence project, identification, weapon focus
Roberts, Nathan, "The Reliability of Eyewitness Testimony" (2014). Senior Honors Theses. 440.
As perhaps the single most effective method of proving the elements of a crime, eyewitness testimony has been vital to the trial process for centuries. However, the reliability of eyewitness testimony has recently come into question with the work of organizations such as The Innocence Project, which works to exonerate the wrongfully convicted. This thesis examines previous experiments concerning eyewitness testimony as well as court cases in which eyewitnesses provided vital evidence in order to determine the reliability of eyewitness testimony as well as to determine mitigating or exacerbating factors contributing to a lack of reliability.