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Univ. of San Diego School of Law

Saturday, January 14, 2006

Eternal Sunshine of the Thoughtless Witness Mind

Who said the movies never come true?  Reminiscent of Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, scientists are working on a "trauma pill" that could make memories of traumatic events, like rape or other crimes, less intense.  Sure, that may help victims in the long run, but think about the more immediate consequences.  Eye-witness identification has proven to be dangerously fallible, accounting for over 75% of postconviction DNA exonerations. [Mark Godsey]

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