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This Jan. 17, 1941, photo shows bandit suspect Anthony Esposito being taken to a police lineup from a prison ward in New York. (Charles Hoff)

Senate passes bill to change police lineups

The Illinois Senate passed legislation Friday to restructure police lineups to reduce the chance of false witness identifications.

The bill would require so-called blind lineups in which an independent adminstrator conducting the lineup does not know the identity of the suspect or which photo a witness is looking at. The intent is to prevent police from consciously or unconsciously steering witnesses toward choosing a particular suspect.

The bill also calls for videotaping the identification process if the witness agrees.

Many police lineups now are conducted using photos rather than a conventional physical lineup of individuals.

The measure already has cleared the House, but because the Senate tweaked it to give a break to very small police departments who might not be able to afford to make the change, it now returns to the House.