From: 12 Experiments that May Change The World
DVD/HDTV Court Recordings
One of the most annoying things about The American Judicial System is that juries have to sit through days or weeks of tedious, often unbearable court proceedings that have nothing to do with the guilt or innocence of The Accused...!
What if; A jury were selected by conventional means, and the trail went about it tedious business in the usual manner... But these two elements could be separated...!
The Trail would be just like a regular trial, with some new and innovative differences...
For one thing; If you needed the expert testimony of a world class criminal investigator or pathologist, and you couldn't afford to fly him or her in for the trial, you could could just rent their video of their theories instead, and allow your local pathologist to do the actual work, and then testify that they adhered to the famous pathologists theories and these are the results... (?)
Another idea that i've been having- is that instead of the police department having sole access to the pathology labs, it would be an independent lab, and all evidence sent to it would be double blind protected, so that they wouldn't know if it was the police or the defendants attorneys that sent them some material to be examined!
Along these same lines; Instead of having predefined prosecutors and public defenders, all these lawyers would have private practices and then be 'on call' at any time to randomly be assigned to any case, and act for either side...! So that a given lawyer might be a prosecutor one month, and a few months later when they come up again, they'll act as a public defender.
Getting back to the DVD.
So the trial goes exactly as it would otherwise be performed... and as this is all happening, it would be filmed and recorded on to a DVD format.
Then after all the arguments have been made. All the Material would be edited into it's final form, working with all the lawyers and the judge, and any appellate judges that might be deemed necessary to call in, and after all that; The final DVD would receive the Approval of all involved.
This would eliminate all those pesky 'spurts' of testimony that the judge would rule inadmissible or otherwise instruct the jury to ignore... the jury would simply never see them now!
So then the jury is selected and they view the DVD, which is like an hour or so, and now contains lots of colourful animations and explanatory sidebars to give them everything they need to act as expert juries for their case...???
And after seeing it, they want to see it again. So be it!
And if either side wants to appeal the verdict, or if there's a hung jury, all you have to do is show the DVD to a different judge or jury...!
What is the chief difficulty with this approach...?
It's too damn simple -- that's what...!
Don't hold you're breath waiting for this sort of sensibility to come to your town.