Conn: latest state to consider witness ID

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut’s Supreme Court is considering whether the state should join others in abandoning a test used by judges nationwide for the past 37 years to determine whether eyewitness testimony should be allowed at trial.

Defense lawyers are urging the court to devise a better method than the 1977 test created by the U.S. Supreme Court. They say scientific research over the past three decades shows how unreliable witness identifications can be and reveals flaws in the test.

Lawyers with the Innocence Project say they’ve won the exonerations of more than 300 people based on DNA tests, and 75 percent of them were wrongfully convicted — at least in part — by mistaken witness identifications.

New Jersey and Oregon already have replaced the test, and Massachusetts is considering doing the same.

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