Criminal Law (16)

Jeff Burns (not his real name) is a reputable engineer. He is married and lives with his wife and three children in their comfortable home in the suburbs. Things for Jeff were not always so nice.When Jeff was 21 years old, he was arrested for stealing money from his employer to finance his then out of control drug habit. In court, an agreement was reached to temporarily stay the court proceedings. In essence, Jeff was given another chance. He was placed on probation for a period of two years conditioned on his repayment of the money he had stolen and further conditioned on remaining law abiding. Well, Jeff cleaned up his act, attending treatment and repaying the money.Now, seven years later, Jeff is applying for a position in management. His employer wants him to sign a routine approval to obtain his criminal record. Jeff knows that if his employer learns…
Juror Expectations: Successfully Utilizing Forensic Animation in Courtroom ProceedingsAs our society becomes increasingly saturated with technology, jurors will expect the use of more complex and accurate visual aids in the courtroom. Jurors, especially of the younger generation, have come to count on visual media to augment their understanding of a topic. Eyewitness perspectives, cognitive memory, and perception of events and time are subject to intense examination by attorneys. Experienced lawyers are adept at using rhetoric and verbal manipulation to produce doubt about a witnesses credibility. Without the use of visual aids, many participants feel lost in the unfamiliar process of courtroom proceedings. Most witnesses are not prepared to counter highly trained cross-examination tactics. Once an accurate and compelling visual is presented, this edge diminishes significantly. Properly prepared visuals can give a witness more control, which is why animations are so vigorously attacked by opposing counsel. Most media outlets have already…
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