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Strengthening Prosecutions: Improving Eyewitness Identification Procedures in Ohio

Date: Friday, October 2, 2009

Time: 10:00 a.m. - 4:15 p.m.

Ohio Supreme Court Judicial Education Center
65 South Front Street
Columbus, OH 43215

CLE Credit: Application for 5 hours CLE credit has been submitted for Ohio. Approval is expected. Questions pertaining to CLE credits should be addressed to the CLE Administrator at the College of Law at 513.556.0063.

OPOTA Credit: An application for 5 hours OPOTA credit has been approved.


10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. – Professor Nancy Steblay
Eyewitness Accuracy Rates in Sequential and Simultaneous Lineup Presentations: Meta Analytical Comparison

12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. – Lunch (on your own)

1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. – Captain Ken Patenaude / Sgt. Paul Carroll (Ret.)
Eyewitness Evidence: A Guide for Law Enforcement

2:30 p.m. - 2:45 p.m. – Break

2:45 p.m. - 4:15 p.m. – Lori Linskey, Dep. AG, NJ
New Jersey’s Path to Sequential/Double-Blind ID’s

While it is clear that current eyewitnesses identification procedures fully comport with Federal and State Constitutional requirements, the ADOPTION of DOUBLE-BLIND SEQUENTIAL LINEUPS will enhance the accuracy and reliability of eyewitness identifications and will STRENGTHEN PROSECUTIONS in cases that rely heavily, or solely, on eyewitness evidence.


“Sequential Lineups” refer to the presentation of one photo or person at a time to the witness, as opposed to the traditional practice of showing of multiple pictures at once. Scientific studies have proven that sequential lineups enhance prosecutions by increasing witness’s accuracy in identification.


A “Double-Blind” lineup refers to an agency utilizing, whenever practical, someone other than the primary investigator on the case to conduct both photo and live lineup identifications. This call for change in procedure is the direct result of years of research which concludes that even when utilizing precautions to avoid inadvertent body signals or cues to witnesses, these gestures do occur when the identity of the suspect is known to the individual conducting the lineup.


Professor Nancy Steblay is a Professor of Psychology at Augsburg College in Minneapolis, MN. She is currently working with the Hennepin County Attorney’s Office, evaluating their program for double-blind/sequential identification procedures.

Captain Ken Patenaude is a 31 year veteran of the North Hampton, MA Police Dept. He has been recognized for outstanding service as a member of the National Institute for Justice’s (NIJ) Technical Working Group for Eyewitness Evidence.

Sgt. Paul Carroll (Ret.) spent 36 years with the Chicago Police Dept. He currently lectures, authors articles, and consults law enforcement on improving eyewitness identification techniques.

DAG Lori Linskey provides legal analysis on a variety of issues including Eyewitness Identification Procedures. She received an Attorney General’s Recognition Award in 2001 for her work on the Attorney General Guidelines for Preparing and Conducting Photo and Live Lineup Identification Procedures.

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