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yes nope
Debate Score:5
Total Votes:5
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“Ban the use of eye-witness testimony” as evidence in courtrooms.


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Yes because people lie all the time.

Side: yes
Stickers(1037) Clarified
1 point

Couldn't we use this as a reason to ban all testimonies?

Side: yes
ProLogos(2798) Clarified
1 point

Nope, cuz their are ways to prove the other types.

Side: yes
Evolux(36) Clarified
1 point

Other Testiments too, perhaps?

Side: yes
2 points

I wouldn't ban the use, I'd just make sure that the use of an eye witness isn't rated too highly. I don't know what would be a fair amount of consideration to give, but I know that people can lie, people can think they saw things that didn't really happen, and people's brains can start filling in the gaps based on information provided, when information is missing. Overall eye witness testimonies aren't super reliable, but they aren't entirely worthless either.

Side: nope
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I was going to write an argument. Then I realized you had already said it quite well.

Side: nope
1 point

While it is true that eyewitnesses at times are mistaken - they are not infallible - but they are not either totally fallible. At times an eyewitness may be in a position to do a great justice for his society, otherwise he may - perhaps in error, perhaps in malice - do a great injustice to either the individual at trial or, if his testimony is in favor of the defense, a great injustice to society at large. Ultimately, it is the role and the duty of the jury and of the other participants in the court to weigh the verity and the ultimate influence of not only the eyewitness's testimony, but to nuance every particle from which it is comprised: to pry it apart and piece it back together and be absolutely certain that it fits in the frame of the case.

Side: nope