Friday, December 28, 2012

Eyewitness identification fails because of identical twin

There are many stories of faulty eyewitness identification. In Trenton, NJ, one finds a story of an absolutely correct eyewitness ID, thwarted by the existence of an identical twin.

From the Trenton Times, about a crime committed by one Anthony Burkhalter:

The victim was able to identify a mugshot of Steven Burkhalter, Anthony Burkhalter’s identical twin brother, as the man she believed committed the sexual assault, the prosecutor said. Steven Burkhalter was incarcerated at a prison in Missouri at the time and police did not know that had a twin, Downing said. No charges were filed immediately following that incident.

Anthony Burkhalter’s photo was not originally included in the photos the victim used to identify her assailant.


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