A recent case involving a man who was exonerated – after spending months in jail awaiting trial – by CCTV footage that clearly shows he didn’t push an elderly woman down a flight of stairs is a reminder of the fallibility of the human mind and the often unreliable nature of witness accounts, says Toronto criminal lawyer Graham Clark.

In a statement about the eyewitness testimony, the trial judge found that “Each of three women, no matter how well intentioned, tried to make narrative sense of the events by working backwards from their consequences.”

Clark notes: “Indeed people can spend their life in prison on the basis of witnesses engaging in exactly this type of confabulation; we can only hope other aspects of any given case allow that to be scrutinized.

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See the decision of Mr. Justice Green here: http://canlii.ca/t/gftzr