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TV and Social Media Evidence “Not Always a Slam Dunk”

By August 9, 2017 No Comments

Minnesota Lawyer recently published an article on social media and reality television, which author and law professor Shontavia Johnson argues are “changing what counts as legal evidence as courts grapple with just how ‘real’ it all is.” Johnson states that “using this information as evidence in court is not always a slam dunk.” Some examples she gives from criminal law are cases in California and Texas that had footage from the TV program To Catch a Predator. The California defendant “was acquitted of all charges because the judge did not find the evidence credible.” In Texas the prosecutor dropped charges against 24 men because “he questioned the involvement of people outside of law enforcement and the unreliability of the evidence they gathered.”