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There is, in addition, little evidence that police, translators and interpreters, and even linguists perform much better than average or are particularly accurate at comparisons across the many different conditions confronting earwitnesses and listeners.
Leaving aside the testimony of lay earwitnesses, the admissibility of opinion evidence based on a 'body of knowledge or experience', 'specialised knowledge' or 'ad hoc expertise' should be considered independently of any other evidence.
Allowing earwitnesses and investigators to express opinions in circumstances that do not take account of scientifically notorious frailties subverts the accuracy of legal processes and substantially increases the risk of convicting an innocent person.
64) Earwitnesses are the sound equivalent of eyewitnesses.
He concludes this illuminating chapter by examining "female characters as they become earwitnesses to male rumors" and other acts of linguistic dissimilation in Cymbeline and All's Well That Ends Well (24).
Botelho's Renaissance Earwitnesses effectively challenges literary and cultural assumptions about the gendering of the tongue and ear and deserves a sound hearing within its larger context of sensory culture.
However, Botelho argues in this chapter that Shakespeare complicates these popular stereotypes by offering the ear as a site of female transgression, power, and resistance--that is, women become earwitnesses by refusing to listen to men and by creating alternative aural spaces.