Reflections on Motion Picture Evidence
World Picture Journal, Issue 12: Orthodox
24 Pages Posted: 4 Jan 2017 Last revised: 3 Mar 2017
Date Written: December 30, 2016
Courts have long admitted motion pictures as evidence. But until recently, making motion pictures was expensive and cumbersome. Today, making motion pictures is cheap and easy. And as a result, people make so many of them. As Cocteau predicted, the democratization of motion pictures has enabled people to create new forms of motion picture art. But it has also enabled people to create new forms of motion picture evidence. This article offers a brief history of motion picture evidence in the United States, and reflects on the use of motion picture evidence by the Supreme Court.
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