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New Bill Would Change Lineup, Eyewitness Interview Procedures To Reduce Wrong IDs

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A Florida Senator has filed a measure that could change the way law enforcement agencies conduct lineups to help crime eyewitnesses avoid the misidentification of suspects.

Due to a Florida Innocence Commission report, Sen. Dennis Baxley (R-Ocala) filed a bill to cut down on wrongful prosecutions due to suspect misidentification.

“So, we’ve been looking at this issue for awhile and of course we want to help law enforcement have good cases,” said Baxley. “We want to be able to have equity and we certainly don’t want to convict innocent people. So, this effort will put a uniform procedure for doing eyewitness interviews, so that it will take that issue off the table. And, there are best practices that many law enforcement units already use. And, so, this will just make it more uniform.”

Under Baxley’s “Eyewitness Identification Reform Act,” the Criminal Justice Standards and Training Commission would set the training standards.

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Sascha Cordner has more than ten years of public radio experience. It includes working at NPR member station WUFT-FM in Gainesville for several years. She's worked in both radio and TV, serving in various capacities as a reporter, producer and anchor. She's also a graduate of the University of Florida with a bachelor's degree in telecommunications. She is the recipient of 15 awards from the Associated Press, Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ), and Edward R. Murrow. Her award-winning stories include her coverage on the infamous “Dozier School for Boys” and a feature titled "Male Breast Cancer: Lost in the Sea of Pink." Currently, Sascha serves as the host and producer of local and state news content for the afternoon news program "All Things Considered" at WFSU. Sascha primarily covers criminal justice and social services issues. When she's not reporting, Sascha likes catching up on her favorite TV shows, singing and reading. Follow Sascha Cordner on Twitter:@SaschaCordner.