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Prof. Kathy Pezdek discusses witness identification on AirTalk radio show

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

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Professor Kathy Pezdek from Claremont Graduate University's School of Behavioral and Organizational Sciences was a guest on the AirTalk radio show on Friday, Aug. 26, for a segment on eyewitness identifications in court.

The segment examined a recent decision by the US Supreme Court to revisit the legality of the use of eyewitness evidence to convict people of crimes. The court has not examined the issue since 1977. Thousands of scientific studies have been done since then showing that eyewitness identifications of strangers are largely unreliable.

Pezdek is a cognitive psychologist specializing in the study of eyewitness memory. She frequently serves as an expert witness in the area of eyewitness identification and has testified on this topic in federal and state court cases.

The radio segment aired on KPCC (89.3 FM).

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