New Police Line Up Laws

By: Christine Kennedy
By: Christine Kennedy

Law enforcement agencies across our state are conducting police line-ups a little bit differently these days.

Lenoir County authorities showed us how the new changes that went into effect March 1st will aid in accurately identifying suspects or persons of interest in a specific case. The old method allowed the investigating officer to administer either the live or photo line-up. The new law calls for an impartial administrator to present the line-up. It also requires fillers to be placed into a lineup. These are people that resemble the suspect or person of interest.

In the past and currently in several other states, random people chosen for a police lineup do not have to look like the person of interest.


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  • by Rick Location: Washington on Mar 26, 2008 at 05:23 AM
    Another "play" for the defense book to make their work easier in an increasing pro law enforcement environment. A proper line-up would include people who look like those who would have been in the environment the suspect was identified in, not that "looked like" the suspect. As in most special interest legislation, a well-meaning but less than best solution.
  • by Cactus Location: Strabane,NC on Mar 25, 2008 at 08:13 PM
    Has it not been proven that "the line up" for identifying suspects are not always correct? How will this "new" line up help? Will it improve the memory of the so called "eye witness"
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