Legal-Ease: Eyewitness testimony is sometimes unreliable

Lee R. Schroeder is an Ohio licensed attorney with Schroeder Law LLC in Ottawa. He limits his practice to business, real estate, estate planning and agriculture issues in northwest Ohio. He can be reached at or at (419) 523-5523. This article is not intended to serve as legal advice, and specific advice should be sought from the licensed attorney of your choice based upon the specific facts and circumstances that you face.

Sometimes memories of past events are blurry. While a person may believe they’re being 100% honest, sometimes eyewitness testimony is unreliable. Memories are often inaccurate, and sometimes photographs and other evidence can contradict eyewitness testimony.

Every few weeks, I meet up with my closest friends for Christian fellowship. My buddies talk about their spouses and kids. I talk about the women with whom I have socialized since the last time we met. I am always sincere and honest in my descriptions of my dates. However, my friends sometimes prove that my memories (of my dates’ beauty, intelligence and personality) are unintentionally faulty.

The most mentally astute people can have very inaccurate memories of past events, even though the memories are vivid and clear. As a result, eyewitness testimony is sometimes unreliable.

Read more about eyewitness testimony and how it’s sometimes unreliable in Lee’s article in the Lima News here: Legal-Ease: Eyewitness testimony is sometimes unreliable

Source:, “Legal-Ease: Eyewitness testimony is sometimes unreliable,” by Lee R. Schroeder, November 14, 2015

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