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60 Minutes: Eyewitness (March 8, 2009)

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4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

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  • Format: NTSC
  • Studio: CBS
  • DVD Release Date: March 24, 2009
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001UQ6VUQ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #300,542 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Airdate: 3/08/2009  There should be no better witness to a crime than an eyewitness, but in this report, Lesley Stahl shows how eyewitness memory can be faulty. She tells the story of Jennifer Thompson, who in 1984 picked Ronald Cotton out of a lineup, certain he had raped her. Cotton served 11 years in prison before DNA set him free. It turns out, our memory is more fragile and malleable than we think.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Don't miss this one! July 25, 2009
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An amazing story! A horrible crime, a smart and sympathetic victim, but our justice system is flawed. An innocent man went to prison for years until the real criminal was found. I was surprised, moved and fascinated by this 2 part 60 Minutes story. One of their best.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Eyewitness - 60 Minutes November 16, 2009
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This is a good review of memory distortion and false memories. The stories of false convictions due to memory distortion are real and grab your attention.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dr. Bill August 14, 2009
This is an excellent teaching tool for my psychology courses to show examples of how what you see is not always what is real. I highly suguest others view this segment as well.
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More and more of these cases are coming out, and it shows how inept the US Justice System really is. Cotton went through hell for something he didn't do, while the real scum was nearby in another cell, not saying a thing, and making sure that he wouldn't get more time in jail for what he actually did.
Cotton is more forgiving than I would be towards the woman and the system for what he went through.
Get the book, "Picking Cotton" which adds more details and fleshes out all the history of this case featured on to 60 Minutes.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very interesting segment July 31, 2009
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I teach high school psychology, and this segment is very good for showing the limitations of memory and the dangers of reconstructed memories.

It's short enough to be shown in a typical high school period and still allow time for discussion and reflection.
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