Legality of detective procedures

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Country: United States of America
State: Virginia

Is it legal for the detectives in charge of a case to take pictures of marks on a suspect, show it to a witness prior to the witness selecting a potential suspect and then bring in a potential suspect to have the witness identify the very same marks seen? Is there any laws against this that can be referenced for the state of Virginia? (Newport News)

Answer

No--that identification would almost surely be thrown out by the judge if challenged...