Video Surveillance in the Courtroom: Myths Debunked

Featuring Miles Brissette, Criminal Trial Attorney

Friday, June 16 | 12:15 PM – 1:30 PM

Brissette PhotoIn his presentation, “Video Surveillance - Focusing on the Evidence,” Brissette will debunk the myths surrounding the use of video surveillance evidence in the courtroom. Forensic video evidence may exist, but that doesn’t mean it’s admissible at trial. He will highlight the requirements for presenting video evidence in the courtroom and show how attorneys must strategically present video evidence before the judge and jury.

Brissette has investigated and litigated offenses ranging from simple thefts and DWIs to death penalty cases. He was a prosecutor in the high-profile case against Chante Mallard, a Fort Worth woman convicted in 2003 of striking a man with her car, driving home with him lodged in her windshield and leaving him to die.

As Chief Prosecutor of the Tarrant County Forensic and Technical Services Unit, Brissette oversaw investigation and prosecution of arson and explosives cases, as well as the office’s Regional Forensic Video Lab and the Electronic Case Management System.

Brissette’s understanding of fire science earned him an international reputation for successfully pursuing complex arson cases during a period where many questioned the field of fire science.

He holds a widely-recognized expertise in using technology to dissect the most complex litigation and discovery-intensive cases and works nationally to establish standards for the use of law enforcement video.

Myths Debunked


Myth #1: Footage has to be watermarked in order to be admissible
The weight is to be given to the evidence and not to its admissibility

Myth #2: H.264 is the preferred format for court
This format works the best with QuickTime. The video format needs to be simple enough so that the jurors can use it on their own during deliberation.

Myth #3: The entire DVR must be collected to be able to use as evidence.
From his own experience, he’s only requested to pull a full DVR three times, and they all involved dead police officers.

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