Oregon’s Eyewitness Decision: Back to Basics

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James Doyle

Dean John Henry Wigmore, the most renowned of American evidence scholars, issued a prediction in 1937 about the relationship between the criminal justice system and modern psychology's investigations into the unreliability of eyewitness evidence.

"When the psychologists are ready for the courts," declared Wigmore, "the courts will be ready for the psychologists."

On November 30, the Oregon Supreme Court demonstrated that Wigmore was actually right. Courts are—or at least one court is—ready for the psychology of eyewitness . . .

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