Discuss what you have learned about memory and the issue of eyewitness recall and identification. Would you as a member of a jury convict a defendant solely based upon eyewitness testimony? Why or why not? COGNITION : PSYC-316 DISCUSSION 6

What have you learned about memory? As a juror, would you convict someone solely on the basis of eyewitness testimony? Why or why?
This is called providing eyewitness evidence. This requires a much more complex approach to the matter than it might seem. The case covers every aspect of the incident that took place before, during, or after the crime. This includes all the events that occur between the crimes and the court appearance. Although eyewitness testimony has become the strongest type of evidence in court, it is also subject to a lot of research over decades, which suggests that its reliability is sometimes in doubt (Loftus (2018)). False convictions can also be a result of incorrect eyewitness testimony. This can lead to wrongful convictions that can put someone in jail for many years, or even decades, for non-violent crimes. Erroneous evidence of eyewitness has been linked to more DNA exoneration cases than any other factor (Garrett 2011, Garrett). One case is well-known: Jennifer Thompson, a woman, claimed Ronald Cotton was the one who raped her. Cotton was later found guilty of the crime and sentenced to a lifetime term. He was cleared based on DNA evidence after more than 10 years. The true rapist was also found. Cont…
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