Is it pertinent for an agency to move into digital photography? Are there advantages and disadvantages to using digital cameras? What argument can you make either for or against the originality (best evidence) of a digital photograph?
Representing today's trend in photography, digital cameras continue to rapidly replace traditional film-based models. As prices keep dropping, consumer ownership will become even more prevalent. Similarly, law enforcement agencies have begun to favor digital cameras--just the latest in a long line of technological innovations used by departments to collect and document evidence. Digital photography offers law enforcement numerous benefits, including instant access to images, rapid transportability of pictures within a department or to outside agencies, and decreased cost and time as these cameras require no film development.
Of course, photographs--which generally hold substantial weight--serve as one of the most effective forms of evidence in court. However, many individuals in the legal community fear the potential abuse and manipulation of digital images. Therefore, they consider these pictures inadmissible under current evidentiary rules.
Nov 8th, 2014
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