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United States v. Hines

United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts
55 F. Supp. 2d 62 (D. Mass. 1999)


Facts

Johannes Hines (defendant) was charged with robbing the Broadway National Bank in Chelsea, Massachusetts. The principal evidence against Hines was the eyewitness identification of Hines by the teller who was robbed, Jeanne Dunnes. At trial, Hines sought to call an eyewitness expert, Saul Kassin, who would testify about, inter alia, the decreased accuracy of cross-racial identification, the effect of time on memory, the effect of stress on identification, and the suggestiveness of certain aspects of the identification process. The prosecution opposed the testimony.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Gertner, J.)

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