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Memory expert testifies at trial about possible inaccuracy of eyewitness testimony

Posted Aug 18 2010 12:00am

In the past, I have blogged about problems with memory as it relates to eyewitness testimony (links below). A public defender in California recently called to the stand a memory expert to testify about the potential problems with what eyewitnesses believe they saw.

From " Memory expert testifies at Jackson murder trial " (Contra Costa Times):

Opening her defense case in the Racardo Jackson murder trial Tuesday, Deputy Public Defender Meenha Lee called an experimental psychologist specializing in memory and perception to the witness stand.

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During Tuesday's testimony in Solano County Superior Court, Lee quizzed expert witness Dr. Robert Shomer about the accuracy of eyewitnesses, particularly those involved in stressful incidents involving weapons.

Shomer, who specializes in memory, perception and stress, said human beings do not record events like a camera.

"The brain is subject to all kinds of issues and factors," Shomer said. "Human beings react very different. Human being do not record everything that's there," he

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