Unreliability Of Eyewitness Identification

Often victims honestly believe that the person they identified as the perpetrator is the person who robbed them, only to find out later their "positive identification" was, in fact, incorrect. We are familiar with the work of Elizabeth Loftus, and other psychologists whose work has established the frailty of eyewitness identification, as well as with a significant body of case law that supports the same conclusion.

Identification is only one potential defence in a robbery case. The alleged victim may not be a victim at all. We have represented clients in cases in which the alleged victim was a scam artist who set up a fraudulent robbery in order to collect insurance coverage.