Corpus ID: 146625066

Evidence Verité and the Law of Film

  title={Evidence Verit{\'e} and the Law of Film},
  author={Jessica M. Silbey},
  • Jessica M. Silbey
  • Published 2010
  • Sociology
  • Law
  • This paper explores a puzzle concerning the authority of certain images that increasingly find themselves at the center of legal disputes: surveillance or “real time” film images that purport to capture an event about which there is a dispute. Increasingly, this kind of “evidence verite” is used in United States courts of law as the best evidence of what happened. Film footage of arrests, criminal confessions, photographs of crime scenes (during and after) is routinely admitted into court as… CONTINUE READING
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