Addressing False Eyewitness Testimony in the Courtroom

Production Date: July 26, 2016 Practice Areas: Criminal Law, Constitutional Law, and Discovery & E-Discovery Estimated Length: 3763 minutes


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In May, 2015 a suspect that attacked an NYPD officer with a hammer was shot by police in the middle of the day, on a crowded NYC street. There were many eyewitnesses to the incident. Almost all of the witness reports were incorrect. Several people inaccurately reported that the police officers shot an unarmed man while he was on the ground and handcuffed. The incident was recorded on surveillance video which documents that the suspect attacked one of the officers with a hammer and that officer's partner shot the man. Why is eyewitness memory flawed? How can attorneys use psychology to explore and explain issues common to eyewitness testimony throughout trial? This presentation explores the psychology of memory and techniques specific to addressing these issues starting with jury selection. Particular attention is paid to difficult witnesses including children, the elderly, and victims of sexual assault.


Learning Objectives:

I.     Understand the psychology concepts and principles surrounding eyewitness accounts and memory

II.    Apply principles of psychology to effective jury selection

III.   Refine cross examination questioning to address police technique flaws in lineups, interrogation, and investigation

IV.   Understand New Jersey’s approach to jury instructions addressing principles of psychology

V.    Formulate proposed jury instructions to address common principles of psychology for use in other states

VI.   Apply witness memory techniques to depositions and throughout the discovery process

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East Syracuse, NY

The presenter was excellent. Very engaging and informative.

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Baldwin, MI

This presentation was simply excellent! I learned new things all the way through it.

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Huntingtown, MD

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Lee's Summit, MO

Excellent presentation.

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Syracuse, NY

Worthwhile subject

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Boise, ID

The instructor was excellent.

Elizabeth W.
Dallas, TX

Excellent presentation! Thank you.

John N.
El Paso, TX

The speaker was thoroughly familiar with the course materials and presented numerous examples of the points she was making. She emphasized the importance of asking detailed questions to minimize the risk that a witness or a potential juror will be affected by biases, social influences, and the normal frailties of memory that may prejudice the attorney's client.

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Great Neck, NY

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Dallas, TX

very nicely presented

Princeton, WV

What a wonderfully descriptive, common-sensical approach!

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Salisbury, NC

Very good presentation of important considerations related to issues of memory, perception and biases.

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Atlanta, GA

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Mount Vernon, WA

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Stamford, CT

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Brooklyn, NY

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Dixon, IL

Fantastic presenter

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Chapel Hill, NC

Definitely one of the more generally useful ones.

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What a great presenter! This presentation included useful broad strokes, guiding principles, and excellent details.

Houston, TX

Great Presentation. One of the best so far.

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Houston, TX

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frederick, MD

Good, thorough practical information

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New York, NY

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Westport, CT

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Montgomery, AL

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Acton, MA

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Watertown, MA

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Salem, OR

Great discussion of Eyewitness False Testimony

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Hastings-on-Hudson, NY

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Grovetown, GA

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Arlington, VA

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Mechanicsville, VA

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Arlington, VA

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Naperville, IL

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Renton, WA

Thank you.

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Virginia Beach, VA

knowledgeable instructor

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New York, NY

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Seattle, WA

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New Haven, CT

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Fountain Hills, AZ

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Los Angeles, CA

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Wyoming, MI

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Centreville, VA

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New York, NY

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Pasadena, CA

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Earlysville, VA

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Bethesda, MD

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Forest Grove, OR

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Springfield, MO

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Naples, FL

Valuable training for all lawyers

James D. T.

Presenter had excellent ability to convey with the audience.

Robert G.
Inola, OK

I appreciated the speaker's repetitive instruction to some listener's to Always Check for your clients the climate, attitude and current state-of-mind of the eyewitness. Useful.

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Chicago, IL

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Chicago, IL

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Berkeley Heights, NJ

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LIberrtyville, IL

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Rockville, MD

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Austin, TX

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St. Louis, MO

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Houston, TX

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Dallas, TX

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New York, NY

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Arlington, VA

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Washington, DC

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Dayton, NV

An outstanding and well organized presentation.

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Brownwood, TX

I liked that fact that Florina emphasized that a defense attorney must be very aggressive in using cross examination to attack and to weaken eye witness testimony.

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Norcross, GA

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Portland, OR

I don't have a criminal practice, but still found this interesting & timely.

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Chicago, IL

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Marietta, GA

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Hempstead, NY

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Chicago, IL

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Jersey City, NJ

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Sioux Falls, SD

Good presentation-- public (and some lawyers) inclined to think eyewitness testimony is the most reliable evidence, while it is often the most unreliable.

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Albany, NY

Good presenter

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Greensboro, NC

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Phoenix, AR

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Alamo, CA

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woodbury, NY

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Dallas, TX

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New York, NY

Excellent information for civil matters, too.

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Ft Worth, TX


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Alexandria, VA

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Denton, NC

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New Rochelle,, NY

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Boones Mill, VA

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Reidsville, NC

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Wake, VA

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Haymarket, VA

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Chesterfield, VA

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Riverhead, NY

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Arlington, VA

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Hiles, WI

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Port Arthur, TX

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Virginia Beach, VA

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La Porte, IN

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jackson heights, NY

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Ashburn, VA

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Vienna, VA

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Gentle W.
Los Angeles CA, CA

This is an excellent presentation, and is increasingly relevant as video becomes more ubiquitous. Eyewitnesses may (subconsciously) change their account to match the video.

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houston, TX

interesting and informative

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Somers, NY

Excellent presentation and content. Would have appreciated more time for this presentation.

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Bellevue, WA


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Atlanta, GA

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Washington, DC, DC


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Long Beach, CA

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Wilmington, NC

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Henrico, VA

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Rockville Centre, NY

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New York, NY

Interesting course

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Glens Falls, NY

The presenter was energetic and engaging. She presented the materials in a realistic and meaningful way. Excellent


Great course on eye witness accounts.

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Fairfax, VA

very thorough and well organized

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Orlando, FL

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Brooklyn, NY

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Nazareth, PA

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aquebogue, NY

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Merchantville, NJ

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Pearland, TX


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Richmond, VA

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Omaha, NE

Speaker was great

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Austin, TX

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Arlington, VA

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Center, TX

Very, very good.

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Great Neck, NY

One of the best CLE courses I have viewed on Lawline. Superb presentation of a very important area.

John M.
Jensen Beach, FL

Presentation was excellent, have had personal experience with false eye witness testimony

Barry G.
Springfield, VA

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Rhonda G. W.
Washington, DC

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Arlington, VA

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John D.
Edina, MN

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Chapel Hill, NC

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