Eyewitness Testimony in the Lockerbie Bombing Case
Elizabeth F. Loftus
University of California, Irvine - Department of Psychology and Social Behavior; University of California, Irvine School of Law
October 16, 2013
Memory, Vol.21, No.5, 2013, pp.584-590
UC Irvine School of Law Research Paper No. 2013-145
It was in 1988 that a Pan Am flight blew up over Lockerbie, Scotland, killing 270 people. A Libyan named Al-Megrahi was convicted of the crime. His conviction was based in large part on the testimony of a single eyewitness, a shopkeeper who identified him as the person who had purchased clothing allegedly packed in the suitcase that contained the explosives that blew up the plane. But careful analysis of the eyewitness evidence leads to suspicions about the accuracy of the evidence. This analysis was presented to the Scottish Criminal Cases Review Commission which concluded that the conviction might have been a miscarriage of justice.
Keywords: Eyewitness testimony, Memory, Lockerbie bombing.
Date posted: October 19, 2013 ; Last revised: October 21, 2013
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