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  1. If I’m understanding this correctly, it’s a pretty lame joke. Of course she would know that man, as he’s the only one dressed smartly! She’s a snob from the Upper-East Side, so why would she know who those other riff-raff are? Har-har.

    Maybe not. I look forward to other interpretations.

  2. Ahhh…thanks for the link. I’ll check out other interpretations there. (I hope I haven’t commented, then I’ll feel really stupid.)

  3. Are all the men meant to look alike, or is that just an accident of the style? If intentional, could that be the joke?

  4. Hunh. I posted that here before looking back at the other thread. I can’t disagree that it’s a set up, meant to have her identify the one well-dressed guy. But that’s not inconsistent with noting their faces aee all the same. Actually that could even sharpen the point – only the clothes can distinguish them, but indeed that is enough.

  5. A good lineup will have everyone look about the same…they should all match the witness’s initial description. That way, the witness is narrowing it down further.

  6. @dvandom, yes, but “good” from whose point-of-view? you are right from the viewpoint of actual justice or fairness. But less-than-perfectly-scrupulous police or prosecutors have treated the goodness of an identity parade as a matter of giving the desired result.

  7. ” But less-than-perfectly-scrupulous police or prosecutors have treated the goodness of an identity parade as a matter of giving the desired result.”

    Getting it tossed as inadmissible doesn’t forward that goal, however.

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