Front. The credibility of eyewitness testimony has taken some hits from DNA evidence-based refutation of memory. 10:703. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2019.00703 Science — The science of why eyewitness testimony is often wrong Wrongful convictions are often the product of eyewitness testimony. Psychol. Eyewitness misidentifications are known to have played a role in 70 percent of the 349 wrongful convictions that have been overturned based on … Where it becomes powerful is when it is brought together with physical evidence in a way that explains the physical evidence rationally and without too many inconsistencies. Some 75% of the wrongful convictions for rape and murder, including a number that led to people being scheduled for execution, were based on eyewitness testimony. By studying how memory works and what factors influence what we remember, we can try to determine how credible eyewitness accounts are and if they are an accurate source of evidence in crimes. Over the past quarter century, DNA evidence has cleared more than 300 people wrongly convicted of crimes. Weighing evidence against eyewitness testimony When it comes down to it, eyewitness testimony is not going to be the strongest form of evidence unless it can be corroborated. Eyewitness accounts are continuously put into question in the court room. John Timmer - Jul 25, 2017 5:25 pm UTC The reliability if an eyewitness testimony is questionable. About 75 percent of the time, it was eyewitness testimony that … Citation: Gustafsson PU, Lindholm T and Jönsson FU (2019) Predicting Accuracy in Eyewitness Testimonies With Memory Retrieval Effort and Confidence. There are hundreds of documented cases in which mistaken eyewitness identification has led to false imprisonment. The witness may be so certain that the person that thy are pointing out is one hundred per cent the suspect or they could be so certain when it comes to retelling the incident, although these people are so sure on what it is they are doing, their testimony cannot always accurate. Keywords: eyewitness accuracy, eyewitness testimony, confidence-accuracy relation, response latency, retrieval effort cues. It was hot and humid in Burlington, N.C. on the night of July 28, 1984. Jennifer Thompson, then a 22-year-old college student, had gone to bed early in her off-campus apartment. Eyewitness Testimony Accuracy Every year in North America at least 75,000 people are identified from police lineups and subsequently prosecuted. Introduction. • Inaccurate eyewitness identifications can confound investigations from the earliest stages. But there's more here than meets the eye. Mistaken eyewitness identifications contributed to approximately 69% of the more than 375 wrongful convictions in the United States overturned by post-conviction DNA evidence.