US defence lawyer pitches virtual reality as the next dimension of expert testimony

The virtual reality headsets would put the juror between the two front seats of the vehicle. — Dreamstime/TNS

FORT LAUDERDALE: A Broward County, Florida, jury may be among the first in the country to experience a new dimension in expert testimony, if a former prosecutor has his way.

Ken Padowitz, the defence lawyer representing a Coconut Creek man accused of trying to kill his neighbour by running over him with a Dodge Viper, wants to put jurors in the driver’s seat through the use of the latest in technology — virtual reality goggles that promise to give them a look at the alleged crime from the perspective of the defendant.

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