Archive for August, 2011

Top NJ Court Changes Rules re Eyewitness ID, Calls for More Pretrial Scrutiny, New Jury Instructions – News – ABA Journal

August 25, 2011

In a landmark ruling today, the New Jersey Supreme court changed procedural and evidentiary rules concerning eyewitness identification of suspects, saying that 30 years of scientific research had showed it to be less reliable than once thought.Depending on the circumstances of an arrest, suspects will be offered a greater opportunity to explore and challenge eyewitness identifications prior to trial. And juries will be offered new instructions to inform them about issues with eyewitness evidence, explains Supreme Court Chief Justice Stuart Rabner in the courts unanimous opinion PDF.An Associated Press article provides further details about the ruling.

via Top NJ Court Changes Rules re Eyewitness ID, Calls for More Pretrial Scrutiny, New Jury Instructions – News – ABA Journal.

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Top NJ Court Changes Rules re Eyewitness ID, Calls for More Pretrial Scrutiny, New Jury Instructions – News – ABA Journal

August 25, 2011

In a landmark ruling today, the New Jersey Supreme court changed procedural and evidentiary rules concerning eyewitness identification of suspects, saying that 30 years of scientific research had showed it to be less reliable than once thought.Depending on the circumstances of an arrest, suspects will be offered a greater opportunity to explore and challenge eyewitness identifications prior to trial. And juries will be offered new instructions to inform them about issues with eyewitness evidence, explains Supreme Court Chief Justice Stuart Rabner in the courts unanimous opinion PDF.An Associated Press article provides further details about the ruling.

via Top NJ Court Changes Rules re Eyewitness ID, Calls for More Pretrial Scrutiny, New Jury Instructions – News – ABA Journal.

New Website Debuts Featuring Searchable Records of 240 Years of Trials at the Old Bailey – News – ABA Journal

August 24, 2011

Thanks to powerful digital tools and an international team of researchers, a detailed history of hundreds of years of British criminal trials can be quickly scanned and categorized as never before. A new searchable website contains records of nearly 200,000 trials at the Old Bailey, the principal criminal court in London, between 1674 and 1913, reports the New York Times reg. req.. “It’s the largest body of accurately transcribed historical texts online. All of human life is here,” said historian Tim Hitchcock of the University of Hertfordshire. He is a member of the research team that created the website. Want to know when the tide began to turn toward plea bargains? The trend started in the early 1800s, after prison sentences began to be a viable alternative to the death penalty and exile, the newspaper recounts. By the mid-1800s, trial records show, a third…

via New Website Debuts Featuring Searchable Records of 240 Years of Trials at the Old Bailey – News – ABA Journal.


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