Why it is not safe to ask the jury to evaluate indistinct recordings

Here is a truly hilarious act by Peter Kay – which also carries a deeper message in relation to forensic recordings. As you are ‘begging for birdseed’, note how real the suggested interpretations sound, even when you know they cannot possibly be correct (or do you?).

These tricks of perception are not quite so funny when you realise they mean a jury might confidently hear a confession where none was ever really made. Or when lawyers and judges act as gatekeepers to determine what evidence is put before a jury in the first place.

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