A critical look at the use of video evidence in the U.S. judicial system
by Sandra Ristovska
From cell phones to police body cameras, todayʼs courts increasingly use video evidence. Yet U.S. courts lack clear measures on how video can be used and presented as evidence in court in ways that reduce biases in judgment. My project, Through the Lens of the Law, examines the use of video as evidence in state and federal court trials in criminal, immigration, and ‘American Indianʼ law (1990-2020). It argues that when the law assumes that seeing is intuitive, it risks replicating, and indeed justifying, a wider politics of exclusion based on markers of identity and belonging. Funded by a Mellon/ACLS Fellowship, it is conducted in remote residence at the American Bar Associationʼs Scientific Evidence Committee (2021/2022).
This work was made possible through the B2 Creative Residency Program. Learn more here.