A new California Senate bill has been proposed to change standards for eyewitness lineups, aiming to make a dent in wrongful convictions.
The bill, introduced by state Sen. Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) and Assemblymember Marc Levine (D-Marin County), would implement procedures such as “blind administration,” or lineups managed by officers who aren’t aware of the suspect’s identity, and having officers take witness statements on how confident they feel about identifying a suspect. These standards are already in place in some California counties including San Francisco and Santa Clara.
State Sen. Scott Wiener joins Larry Mantle today to debate the bill along with Eric Siddall, Vice President, Association of Deputy District Attorneys (LA County DDAs).
Sen. Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco), state senator representing California District 11; he introduced Senate Bill 923
Eric Siddall, Vice President of the Association of Deputy District Attorneys (LA County DDAs)