Defense attorney Bronson James says the ruling recognizes 30 years of social science that cast doubt on the reliability of eyewitness testimony. Importantly, he says, it shifts the burden of proving that eyewitness testimony should be admitted to the prosecution. Josh Marquis, the DA for Clatsop County, says he doesn’t like the shift but that it’s not likely to have a huge impact on how cases are tried, since generally best practices for evidence are already being used.
Do you deal with eyewitness testimony in your line of work? Have you ever been involved in a trial where such testimony was used? What questions do you have about how courts will now be able to use evidence gathered from eyewitnesses?