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  •  It really just depends. (2+ / 0-)
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    88kathy, stellaluna

    Gory, in-color photographs are a toss-up.  A good rule of thumb is that the proponent (the side that wants to bring the photos) has to prove some reason for bringing them other than just...gore for the sake of gore.  They have to be used to prove something that is in dispute.  Again, this is just a rough rule of thumb.  

    One compromise that courts use with some frequency is to require the photos to be black & white.  Which sounds silly, but it does make them somewhat more tolerable to look at.  

    •  I guess just being around the people is bad (1+ / 0-)
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      misslegalbeagle

      enough.

      I was called for jury duty at the end of the year. They had the whole room full of people but every trial kept settling before the jury was needed. So we sat around a lot.

      Then they started excusing people from the pool to go home. I let other people go first because my time was employer paid.

      I got to talking to a gal who said she had been on a jury for a murder trial years before and that the horror of the trial stayed with her for years and years.

      The next round when they asked if people wanted to be excused, I was the first in line.

      I was thinking the photos show the propensity of a head wound to produce more bleeding than other wounds. That is how the tiny little nicks look like his nose is coming off. A guy who suffered his head being smashed into the pavement would probably look like his head was coming off. Gore.

      give the NRA the Royal Flush join Stop The NRA

      by 88kathy on Wed Jun 12, 2013 at 08:22:29 AM PDT

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      •  I've seen some pretty grisly stuff doing violent (1+ / 0-)
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        amsterdam

        crimes, but the victim's families are always what gets me.  I have a strong stomach - bring on the autopsy photos, the crime scene techs, the ME, whatever.  But put a grieving husband/wife/child/mother/sibling on the stand and...well...that's the tough stuff for me.  

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