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Punishment in Popular Culture$
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Charles J. Jr. Ogletree and Austin Sarat

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781479861958

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9781479861958.001.0001

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Images of Injustice

Images of Injustice

(p.257) 8 Images of Injustice
Punishment in Popular Culture

Brandon L. Garrett

NYU Press

Our book concludes with a chapter by Brandon L. Garrett, examining the reception of images of justice and punishment and of visual images in trials of the innocent. Garrett notes how important visuals are to the criminal justice system and trials. While his contribution departs from the previous chapters’ focus on television and film, he is interested in the ways popular culture conditions the reception of evidence that appears to demonstrate or act out events visually for the jury. Focusing on criminal trials of people later exonerated by DNA tests, Garrett looks at how a variety of visuals played out in those trials, including photographs and videos of lineups and interrogations; forensic exhibits showing fingerprints or hairs or bite marks; representations of the crime scene, the victim’s body, and objects found at the scene; and images of weapons and pictures of the defendant.

Keywords:   innocence, trial, justice, punishment, television and film, trials, DNA, crime, criminal justice

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