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Perception. The perception that a person has of an event can change the way in which the event is interpreted. In a myriad of criminal trials, it has been evident that juries tend to place a strong emphasis on the eyewitness account.

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Nicholas Zaza TOK May 9, 2011 Mrs. McDougall The perception that a person has of an event can change the way in which the event is interpreted. In a myriad of criminal trials, it has been evident that juries tend to place a strong emphasis on the eyewitness account. The believing of this account could be the swaying factor of whether a jury deems a person to be innocent or guilty. This eyewitness account is usually accepted to be true, yet in all cases, this tends to stray in the opposite direction. The first person to try to show the discrepancy between the eyewitness account's actuality and retelling was Loftus. ...read more.

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We can then infer from this that people's memory aren't infallible and therefore can become estranged when a question is asked a certain way or how others influence us. Sometimes we often misidentify a person to be the person guilty, when they, in actuality, did nothing at all. In 1997, two men were convicted of a Dallas murder and spent 12 years in prison for a crime they did not commit. The conviction of this case was "hinged" on faulty eyewitness identification. Claude Alvin Simmons Jr., 54, and Christopher Shun Scott, 39, were each sentenced to life in prison for the April 7, 1997, shooting death of Alfonso Aguilar during a home-invasion burglary. ...read more.

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This is what actually happened. He was falsely convicted of a crime that he didn't do. Wilbur Cyrus Brown II, a serial rapist who attacked two other women on jogging trails in the same part of Lancaster County, has admitted the assaults for which Dubbs is serving time. Brown then pleaded guilty to 5 assaults on six victims in Dauphin County in November 2006. Beerntsen, a commissioner of the Wisconsin Criminal Justice Study Commission, said, "Maybe my perspective has changed because I was involved in this wrongful conviction, but I think in the long run, it would be really helpful if prosecutors, police, judges, anybody who is involved in a wrongful conviction would say, 'We made a mistake, and what should we do in the future to make sure we don't make more of these mistakes?' " ...read more.

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