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With Video Everywhere, Stark Evidence Is on Trial


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Child molester in court

Chester Stiles molested a 2-year-old. Jurors at his trial in Las Vegas were shown the video.

Jae C. Hong / Associated Press

In a world that is always on camera, the centuries-old courtroom experience is becoming a lot more complicated.

The advent of video-in-your pocket camcorders and cellphones, and the proliferation of surveillance cameras, mean that events that once would have gone unrecorded are preserved for posterity — and, inevitably, for trial.

Legal experts say the technology shift could lead to harsher experiences for jurors, and could put pressure on judges to re-examine the balancing act that they have long used to determine what kind of evidence makes its way into court.

From The New York Times
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