Eyewitness identification and the selection of distracters for lineups

  title={Eyewitness identification and the selection of distracters for lineups},
  author={C. A. Elizabeth Luus and Gary L Wells},
  journal={Law and Human Behavior},
Previous treatments of eyewitness lineups have focused exclusively on the importance of homogeneity (similarity of common features) in the physical characteristics of lineup members. This has led to some confusion about the proper way to select distracters. We argue that distracters should not be selected for their similarity to the suspect but rather for their similarity to the witness's description of the culprit. The similarity-to-suspect strategy fails to define limits to the number, type… Expand
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