Bringing the Crime Scene into Court: Presenting The Visual Trial

April 8, 2021

2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. ET
90-minute presentation 
CLE: 1.50 Credits

Pat will discuss the necessity from the beginning of the case- from jury selection to closing argument to focus on increasing the juror’s understanding and enhancing your persuasive techniques to secure a verdict that justice demands. He will focus on the importance of using real, demonstrative, or illustrative evidence to increase the persuasion of prosecution/factual theory to the jurors using presentation software technology.  He will demonstrate techniques for audio and video evidence such as 911 calls and audio and video-taped witness statements and confessions. He will provide specific suggestions of important evidence to look for and gather to assist you in recreating the crime scene for the triers of fact.  He will also discuss recent attacks to admissibility of high-tech visual evidence and offer strategies to avoid or overcome these challenges as well as describe techniques to utilize to prevent the technology software from “upstaging” you and how to prepare alternative backup systems.  Some additional issues that will be covered include: the strength of the evidence of guilt, reasonable inferences and drawing upon the evidence presented to make those reasonable inferences which support the State’s theory of the case, addressing any defense mitigating circumstances, and overcoming issues that may give rise to jury nullification.

Presented by:
Patrick Muscat
Deputy Chief – Special Prosecutions Division
Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office

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Continuing Legal Education Credits: 1.50 hours

NDAA has applied for CLE credit in the states of Georgia, Kansas, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, and Virginia.  

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NDAA will gladly offer training course attendees a credit for the full course amount which you or an office colleague can use for the rescheduled course or a future NDAA course of your choosing prior to September 30, 2021. As always, substitutions are accepted at any time. Note, NDAA regrets that cash refunds are not available. Please submit all requests to NDAA in writing via email to Project Coordinator Logan Kilduff at

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