Technology and Television are transforming the way court cases in America are presented by attorneys and perceived by jurors…It’s called the “CSI Effect”, that’s according to a 2004 USA today article titled “CSI Effect Has Jurors Wanting More Evidence”. The article cites “crime-scene shows such as CSI, featuring the latest high-tech labs are among the hottest attractions on television.” Shows like CSI have also left jurors wanting more from their experience while fulfilling their civic duty.
According to the same USA today article,”In a survey of the 500 people in the jury pool of Robert Durst, a Texas millionaire real estate heir who was accused of murdering and dismembering a neighbor”, the defense found that about 70% were viewers of CBS’ CSI or similar shows such as Court TV’s Forensic Files or NBC’s Law & Order.” (USA Today) ”Durst was acquitted. To legal analysts, his case seemed an example of how shows such as CSI are affecting action in courthouses across the USA by, among other things, raising jurors’ expectations of what prosecutors should produce at trial.”(USA Today) If you want your evidence to look it’s best, Secure Legal Media can help. We utilize state-of-the-art technology, high-definition cameras, non-linear editing and 3D software, to provide our clients a high-quality, court-ready product