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Better Photo Lineup Procedures Needed in MN

By June 16, 2017 No Comments

The Star Tribune recently reported on criticisms of photo lineup procedures in Minnesota. “Not long ago, Minnesota was considered a leader in the science of photo lineups,” but now it is not among 19 states that have adopted improved policies in response to a new U.S. Dept. of Justice rulebook. William Ward, the chief public defender of Minnesota, describes Minnesota’s police lineup policies as “all over the board.” The Star Tribune article gives some examples of problematic lineups, and states that “the Innocence Project counts bad identifications as a factor in 70 percent of wrongful convictions the group has overturned nationally.”