Lineups

Lineups

Lineups

In line with Steven Penrod

about Lineups in the Encyclopedia of Law Enforcement:

Nearly everyone is familiar with the standard American (United States) lineup: six individuals (the suspect plus five “foils” or fillers), all of whom are shown (often standing in front of a height chart) to the witness, who views the lineup members from behind a one-way mirror; is given an opportunity to observe each member of the lineup; and is instructed to make an identification, if possible, or reject the lineup. The police officer who assembled the lineup has selected foils who resemble the suspect (often using other police officers or people who are in custody), arranged the presentation (sometimes in consultation with the suspect's defense attorney), and presented the lineup to the witness-sometimes with an admonition that the witness should take his or her time.

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