Some people in Rhode Island who are facing criminal convictions may have been misidentified by witnesses. According to a co-director of the California Innocence Project, the process used to identify people is flawed.
He says eyewitnesses tend to choose someone from a photo who most closely resembles the person who committed the crime. Then, when the lineup occurs, the eyewitness chooses the person who was in the photo. The repeated identifications reinforce the idea in the mind of an eyewitness that this is the person responsible. By the time of the trial, the person may be very confident.