Police, prosecutors and juries often rely on eyewitness testimony to determine what really happened at the scene of a crime. While this may seem like a concrete way to get a conviction, eyewitness testimony isn't rock solid and can be affected by several factors. When you are the accused in a court case, it's vital that the eyewitness testimony given is accurate and true. If you are facing a long sentence or conviction of a serious crime, the eyewitnesses should be as competent as possible.
Since its creation, Facebook has been the source of much controversy within the criminal justice system. Historically, Facebook has been a valuable tool for law enforcement to investigate and catch alleged criminals in Wisconsin and around the country.
We have previously written that some tools of the criminal justice system - ones which have long defined standards of evidence - are now being challenged, and sometimes discredited. Chief among these is the use and reliability of eyewitness testimony.
We have previously written about the problems with eyewitness testimony when it comes to accurately prosecuting anything from drug charges to sex crimes to simple shoplifting. The problem is that human memory and observational abilities are extremely fallible, yet eyewitness testimony often proves very convincing in court.