University of Pittsburgh

John Burkoff on Court's Delay to Consider "Black Box" Issue in Vehicular Homicide Case

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February 9, 2012

Professor John Burkoff commented on a vehicular homicide case in which evidence from a car's event data recorder became an issue.  The judge, presiding in a bench trial, delayed his ruling to study whether or not the data from the recorder, a device similar to an airplane's "black box," could come in as evidence. Professor Burkoff commended the judge's restraint.  "Where you have the time in a bench trial, it's better to wait and get it right, rather than get it quickly and have to reconsider later," Burkoff said.

Read the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette story here.
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