Trayvon Martin case highlights eyewitness unreliability

I’ve just published an article on my Examiner page about the unreliability of eyewitness testimony, using the Trayvon Martin case as an example.  Another version of this article, which highlights similar issues from paranormal investigations, will be published in a future issue of The Bent Spoon Magazine.

 In the absence of solid evidence for a crime, we tend to put a heavier responsibility on eyewitness testimony.  The problem is, the best evidence from psychology says that we humans make terrible eyewitnesses.

One case in point was the recent tragic death of Trayvon Martin.  Regardless of where you come down on George Zimmerman’s criminal culpability in his death, whether murder or self-defense, the multiple eyewitness accounts of the incident have an incredible amount of discrepancies among them.  Reading them, it’s tough to believe they are all describing the same event.

To continue reading on Examiner.com, click HERE

Thanks.  Comments and criticisms welcome.

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