Admissibility of Photographic Evidence Analytical Essay

Admissibility of Photographic Evidence
A look at the use of photographic evidence in the American legal system.
# 149374 | 742 words | 3 sources | APA | 2011 | US
Published on Dec 12, 2011 in Law (Evidence)

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This paper discusses the use and potential misuse of photographic evidence in US court cases. The paper first examines the history of photographs being admissible to court, then considers recent trends with regard to newer methods of photography and authentication. Several seminal cases that involved the use of photographic evidence are analyzed and their impact on US court procedures is cited. The paper concludes by stating that photographic evidence is a good way to paint a visual picture for the jury but in order to introduce photographic evidence it must follow the standards established by law.

From the Paper:

"Visual evidence such as a photograph and tells a story to the jury and when is film based provides a good source of evidence that cannot be manipulated. In the case of the United States v. Clayton, 643 F.2d the questions of whether or not photographic evidence taken by a bank camera and introduced into the court case of a bank robber, Clayton, could be originated when the victims of the bank robbery where in fact locked in the safe and could not act as witnesses to the five photographs that were entered into evidence. Because the five photographs originated from two rolls of bank surveillance film the defendant questioned the originality of the evidence.
"The court determined that even though the five photographs were taken from the rolls of bank film the original evidence of the bank film has also been introduced into evidence and was authenticated by the victims and direct witnesses of the bank robbery. The court determined that even though the hostages were held in the bank vault and did not witnesses every aspect of the crime they could still act as witnesses in identifying the photographic evidence and although..."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • (2005). 643 F. 2d 1071 - United States v. Clayton. Retrieved October 18, 2011 from
  • Kashi, J. (2006). Authenticating Digital Photographs as Evidence: A Practice Approach Using JPEG Metadata. Retrieved October 18, 2011 from
  • Sullivan, C. (2004). State of Connecticut vs. Alfred Swinton. Retrieved October 18, 2011 from

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