Saturday, September 08, 2018

Dateline: "The Match": evidence from hypnosis, and a possibly troubling plea bargain

Dateline NBC carried the ratings Friday night with “The Match”, a two hour episode in which victim Brittani Marcell was put under hypnosis to identify her attacked in a shovel attack, in Albuquerque, New Mexico. 

The prosecutors used DNA evidence from the blood to indict the attacker before his identity was known, so his name could be added later.  ABC News has a detailed story

But what seems disturbing at the end is the plea bargain with Justin Hansen. He plead no contest to reduce his maximum sentence so he could some day see his four children. He got 18 years, the maximum, from the judge. He would not admit guilt. So what seems a little disturbing is the use of forensic hypnosis.  Is this a reliable tool?

I can remember we played around with hypnosis in the dorm at KU in grad school around 1967.  
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