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Moving Forward: Response to “Studying Eyewitness Investigations in the Field”
Law and Human Behavior
  • Stephen J. Ross, University of Washington Tacoma
  • Roy S. Malpass
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Field studies of eyewitness identification are richly confounded. Determining which confounds undermine interpretation is important. The blind administration confound in the Illinois study is said to undermine it’s value for understanding the relative utility of simultaneous and sequential lineups. Most criticisms of the Illinois study focus on filler identifications, and related inferences about the importance of the blind confound. We find no convincing evidence supporting this line of attack and wonder at filler identifications as the major line of criticism. More debilitating problems impede using the Illinois study to address the simultaneous versus sequential lineup controversy: inability to estimate guilt independent of identification evidence, lack of protocol compliance monitoring, and assessment of lineups quality. Moving forward requires removing these limitations.
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Stephen J. Ross and Roy S. Malpass. "Moving Forward: Response to “Studying Eyewitness Investigations in the Field”" Law and Human Behavior Vol. 32 Iss. 1 (2007) p. 16 - 21
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