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Police lineups tweaked by Illinois Senate

Chicago police lineup from the Richard J.
Chicago police lineup in homicide case of David Koschman held on May 20, 2004 Left to right: Chicago police officer Hugh Gallagly;, Richard J. "R.J." Vanecko, a nephew of former Mayor Richard M. Daley; Chicago police officer Scott Dahlstrom; Chicago Police Officer Pete Kelly, who is also a bodyguard on the Jerry Springer Show; Chicago Police Officer Robert Shea, and Chicago Police Officer Emmet Welch. Photo provide by Chicago police department

Attempts to ensure the validity of police lineups are being made by the Illinois Senate, Early & Often reports.

“The Illinois Senate passed legislation Friday to restructure police lineups to reduce the chance of false witness identifications.

The bill would require so-called blind lineups in which an independent administrator conducting the lineup does not know the identity of the suspect or which photo a witness is looking at. The intent is to prevent police from consciously or unconsciously steering witnesses toward choosing a particular suspect.”

[Read the entire article on the Chicago Sun-Times' Early & Often]

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