lineup
line·up n: a line of persons assembled by police esp. for possible identification of a suspect by a witness to a crime compare showup

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

lineup
I noun arrangement, file, formation, grouping, order, parade, queue, showing, showing of criminal defendants, showing of criminals for inspection and identification, showing of possible suspects, showing of suspected criminals associated concepts: prejudicial and overly suggestive lineup, show-up II index order (arrangement)

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006


lineup
n.
A procedure used by police to identify criminal suspects, in which a suspect and several similar people are lined up in front of a wall and a witness is asked to identify the one who committed the crime.

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.


lineup
A procedure in which the police place a suspect in a line with a group of other people and ask an eyewitness to the crime whether the person he saw at the crime scene is in the lineup. The police are supposed to choose similar-looking people to appear with the suspect. If the suspect alone matches the physical description of the perpetrator, evidence of the identification may be excluded at trial. For example, if the robber is described as a Latino male, and the suspect, a Latino male, is placed in a lineup with ten white males, a witness's identification of him as the robber will be challenged by the defense attorney.
Category: Criminal Law
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Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.


lineup
n. A procedure in which the police show a witness a suspect and several other individuals to see whether the witness can distinguish the suspect from other individuals not involved in the crime.

Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.


lineup
A criminal investigation technique in which the police arrange a number of individuals in a row before a witness to a crime and ask the witness to identify which, if any, of the individuals committed the crime.

Dictionary from West's Encyclopedia of American Law. 2005.


lineup
A criminal investigation technique in which the police arrange a number of individuals in a row before a witness to a crime and ask the witness to identify which, if any, of the individuals committed the crime.

Short Dictionary of (mostly American) Legal Terms and Abbreviations.

lineup
n.
   a law enforcement method used in an attempt to have a witness or victim identify a person suspected of committing a crime. The suspect is included in a line of people, including non-criminals and others (such as plainclothesmen, office clerks, etc.). Law enforcement officials ask each person in the lineup to speak and turn to profile, while the witness or victim studies each of them and then is asked which person in the lineup, if any, committed the crime in his/her presence. One danger with this system is that the officers will suggest by manner or tone which is the suspect, or that one person in the lineup appears, by dress or conduct, to seem more suspicious. This type of identification is precarious at best.

Law dictionary. . 2013.

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