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Smile for the Security Camera
By Lisa J. Steele
The jury had before it photographs from the surveillance videotape as well as a booking photograph of the defendant and a photographic array containing his photograph. The jury was therefore able to compare the images taken of the perpetrator of the robbery with photographs of the defendant and the defendant’s appearance in court in reaching its determination as to whether the defendant was the perpetrator of the charged offenses.
State v. Felder1
Video cameras seem to be everywhere. Security images of retail and bank robbers can be found on the news and on Internet sites such as YouTube.
Cell phone cameras sometimes capture crimes in progress, and often the video is broadcast on the news and uploaded to the Internet. When a culprit’s image is captured on video, it is powerful evidence. If a defense attorney has not yet had a case that included a contemporaneous image of the culprit, allegedly the attorney’s client, it is likely that the attorney will handle such a case in the next few
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