False Testimony

Cognitive Tunnel Vision Biases and Their Detrimental Affect on Prosecutorial Evidentiary Evaluation

The purpose of this letter is to alert and educate law-enforcement, particularly those engaged with post-conviction "conviction integrity unit" panel evaluations, to the problems involving various kinds of psychological cognitive biases.

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Discredited Psychology

By Lona Manning

"False Memory Syndrome", "Repressed Memory Syndrome" and "Recovered Memory" are highly controversial and now widely researched fields. I do not try to speak as an expert. I do not intend to imply that any one psychological evaluation can be used as a uniform explanation of every situation. However, I know one thing that the experts can't know for certain. I know that no children were being sodomized playing some bizarre "naked leap-frog" game or being raped during those computer classes. Therefore anyone who now, as an adult, remembers being molested is suffering from the implanted memories of therapist. That, to me, is a horrific fact. How horrible it must be to live with the scars of such a traumatic experience when it never even happened!

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The Ritual Sex Abuse Hoax

by Debbie Nathan, The Village Voice, January 12, 1990

After the First McMartin Trial — 

The eight kids sitting in Geraldo Rivera’s New York studio after the first McMartin trial ended could have stepped out of a candy bar commercial on Saturday morning TV. They gleamed with the healthy tans, shopping-mall clothes, and moussed sun-bleached hair of the southern California suburbs; their parents looked equally affluent. But these families were far from cheerful.

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