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2.5 A witness misidentifies her attacker

The following video includes a witness talking about some of her experiences of a rape, so do think carefully about the impact this might have on you before deciding to watch it.

The video contains interviews with Jennifer Thompson and Detective Mike Gauldin. Jennifer was one of the victims/witnesses in the Cotton case that is presented on the Innocence Project website [Tip: hold Ctrl and click a link to open it in a new tab. (Hide tip)] , and Detective Gauldin one of the police officers who investigated the case.

While watching the video, consider the extent to which the factors that contributed to the wrongful conviction were under the control of the police and criminal justice system. In other words, were system or estimator variables the problem, or was it a combination of both?

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