|Addressing video evidence at trial|
Doug Wyllie, PoliceOne Senior Editor
Val Van Brocklin says that for any video evidence used at trial, law enforcement officials ought to expect the following questions from the defense:
In most cases, Van Brocklin adds, the most important factor to the court is the testimony of a witness that what is recorded is a “fair and accurate” portrayal. Judges are familiar with these “buzz words” and expect to hear them before ruling on the tape’s admissibility. The judges in your jurisdiction might be used to slightly different buzz words so it’s worth knowing what they are. Variations include:
“Your prosecutor will likely know your jurisdiction's particular buzz words and use them in questioning you,” Van Brocklin concludes.
Read more about digital video evidence here.