Thursday, June 01, 2006

Fatal Boating Crash Goes to Trial in Fla.

A man went on trial Wednesday in a fatal boating crash, after the victim's father paid for a computer animation of the wreck that the prosecutor couldn't afford.

Defense attorney Stephen Greer told jurors Wednesday that the computer-generated video is flawed and misleading, partly because it ignores some descriptions of what happened after the 14 boats took off for the Working Man's Bass Club tournament.

We have found that computer animations can be very persuasive in maritime cases.  When well done viewers often accept the animation as reality.  Most judges expect that there be an accurate factual foundation for the animation and it must comport with the facts or usually is excluded.  There is a body of law on admissibility of these types of animations. 

This is an interesting case.


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