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