Judiciary Committee House Chair Gerald Fox III (right) of Stamford talks to media with nationally renowned eyewitness identification expert Dr. Gary Wells of Iowa State University following Wells’ presentation to a state task force that is developing recommended guidelines for police departments regarding suspect identification through lineups.
State Representative Gerald Fox III (D-Stamford), House Chairman of the legislature’s Judiciary Committee, welcomed a nationally recognized expert on eyewitness identification to the State Capitol this week.
Dr. Gary Wells, of Iowa State University, made a presentation to a new state task force charged with developing recommended guidelines for police departments on how eyewitnesses identify suspected criminals in lineups and how that testimony is used in a trial.
“Eyewitness identification is a critical law enforcement tool, but we have also learned that mistakes made during suspect lineups play a significant role in wrongful convictions,” Fox said. “Dr. Wells’ research will be very helpful as we work toward developing standards that will both reduce potential mistakes and increase accurate criminal identifications.”
Chaired by former Connecticut Supreme Court Justice David Borden, the task force is specifically examining: (1) The science of sequential methods of conducting a live lineup and a photo lineup, (2) the use of sequential lineups in other states, and (3) the practical implications of a state law mandating sequential lineups. Recommendations due to the Judiciary Committee by April 1, 2012.