/ May 15, 2008

Trial By Webcam?

A Spanish judge is poised to make law-technology history by agreeing to hear testimony via webcam in an upcoming trial of a gang of robbers. Members of the Romanian gang posed as police officers to trick and rob tourists in Barcelona. The 24 (mostly elderly) victims identified the perpetrators by video, and will testify over the internet in the upcoming trial. While the court must tackle different time zones and video quality, the use of the internet may help to speed up this and other trials in Spain, where the judicial system has been overwhelmed by an unusually high volume of cases.

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