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Was a 1-Second Peek at Assailant Enough to Positively Identify Defendant?

Summary:


Still-frames from a 3D-animation illustrating the eyewitness’s likely
viewpoint just before, during, and after her approximately one-second peek
around a corner. When producing the reconstructed scene, our consultant
recommended that the view of the victim’s assailant should be on-screen
no longer than the estimated time the eyewitness originally took to see him.

Eyewitness identification of suspects in criminal cases is often subject to impeachment if it can be demonstrated that variables such as lighting, distance, positioning, obstructions, or impaired sight existed at the time. In this case, almost all of those factors were in play. Compounding the problem was accurately reconstructing the line of sight of a location no longer in existence.


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