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"Litigating Lineups: Why the American Justice System Is Keeping a Close Eye on Witness Identification ," Sue Russell, Pacific Standard , May 03, 2017
"N.J. cops misused mugshots to ID suspect, top court rules," By S.P. Sullivan, NJ Advance Media, July 23, 2019
"Eyewitness testimony is often unreliable and police and lawmakers know it," by Los Angeles Times Editorial, May 08, 2018
"Louisiana lawmakers propose bill seeking to limit wrongful convictions based on false eyewitness ID," by Gracey Toohey, The Advocate, March 04, 2018
"Sen. Wiener Proposes Overhaul Of Eyewitness Identification Procedures," Bay City News Service, January 24, 2018
"New Louisiana law on eyewitness identification aims to reduce wrongful convictions," by Lea Skene, The Advocate, June 09, 2019