TOP COURT GIVES WIDE ENDORSEMENT TO USE OF VIDEO PLAYBACKS IN JURY TRIALS

N.J. Law Journal reports;

In a ruling that promises to revamp jury deliberations in New Jersey, the state Supreme Court says jurors should be allowed to see video playbacks of recorded testimony upon request, subject to safeguards. “As advances in modern technology make their way into the courtroom, the Judiciary — like the rest of society — must adapt,” Chief Justice Stuart Rabner wrote for a unanimous Court on Monday in State v. Miller, A-94-09. Though other decisions have offered guidance on video playbacks of pretrial and trial proceedings where only that portion of the record was taped, the opinion offers the first guidance as to trials recorded from beginning to end. The justices upheld the robbery conviction of Dashawn Miller, who objected to a playback on the grounds that it would unfairly emphasize the testimony of one of the complaining witnesses.

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