Clearance Rate to Fall Farther
- Criminal defense lawyers are going to court to try to force the Chicago Police Department and other agencies to release data they used in a study that claims a reform of police lineup procedures does not work.
- Since its release, the study has intensified a national debate between law enforcement groups that prefer the traditional method and reformers who want the "sequential double-blind" method to be universally adopted.
- The National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, led by a group at the Northwestern University School of Law, filed a lawsuit Thursday in Cook County alleging that Chicago police, along with the Illinois State Police and two suburban departments, have illegally blocked access to the data.
Seriously. We need stacks of dead lawyers in the streets. Heaps. Piles. We need a cloud of vultures so thick that it blots out the sun for hours at a time. Can anyone guess why the Criminal Defense Lawyers want this method of line ups used?
- It found that in the sequential double-blind lineups--during which a witness looked at one photo at a time and police were unaware of the suspect's identity--witnesses were less likely to identify a suspect than during the traditional method of having a witness pick a suspect out of several people at once.
Big surprise there.