The Law and Science of Eyewitness Testimony in Criminal and Civil Cases (2017-2018 Credit)

Published by Virginia Trial Lawyers Association


The ongoing social science concerning the reliability of eyewitness testimony, including the difficulties associated with cross racial identification, the power of suggestion, flawed line-ups procedures and the intentional or inadvertent reinforcement of unreliable witness memories.

Recorded live April 1, 2017 at the VTLA Annual Convention, The Greenbrier, White Sulphur Springs, WV.

Prof. Brandon L Garrett
Garrett teaches law at the University of Virginia School of Law, where he has been a professor since 2005. His research on our criminal justice system has ranged from the lessons to be learned from cases where innocent people were exonerated by DNA tests, to research on false confessions, forensics, and eyewitness memory, to the difficult compromises that prosecutors reach when targeting the largest corporations in the world.

In 2011, Harvard University Press published Garrett's...More

Originally Published

April 1, 2017

Program Titles and Supporting Materials

This program contains the following components:

  • The Law and Science of Eyewitness Testimony in Criminal and Civil Cases - Video
  • The Law and Science of Eyewitness Testimony in Criminal and Civil Cases - Paper

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