Reformers denied full access to police-lineup data

Critics who want to do away with traditional police lineups where witnesses view suspects together in the same room have suffered a legal defeat.

A judge has ruled Chicago police don’t have to turn over all the raw data used in an Illinois report that criticizes a newer method where witnesses view suspects one at a time. The report has undermined reforms nationwide because supporters of the status quo often cite it in opposing change. The National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers filed a lawsuit last year seeking the raw data so they could assess the report’s validity. Lawyers for the Chicago-based MacArthur Justice Center filed it on the NACDL’s behalf. The center says Monday’s ruling is a "defeat," and they’ll appeal. (AP) ______ Copyright 2008 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

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