Criminal Practice – Evidence – Photographic Line-Up – Relevance – ‘Mug Shot’
State v. Stephens Throughout the trial, defendant consistently attacked the reliability of witness Bates' identification of him in a photographic line-up. By doing so, defendant made the photographic line-up far more important than it might otherwise have been, thereby increasing its probative value. Only by viewing the actual line-up could the jury determine for itself whether the allegedly poor picture quality or the six-photograph format likely influenced Bates' identification. The trial court did not err in admitting the line-up into evidence.