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Open justice and open secrets: the cultural afterlife of criminal evidence

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This project examines the cultural afterlife of criminal evidence. It investigates what happens to the evidence tendered in criminal proceedings after the conclusion of the trial, in order to develop an appropriate response to the cultural proliferation of material that was previously tightly-regulated. Formally regarded as part of the court record, and subject to the rules of evidence during the trial, this material has aroused the interest of creative and commercial users who wish access it, sometimes for purposes which might be transgressive, dangerous or insensitive. This project asks what is at stake in opening this criminal archive, and what might be at stake if we try to regulate it.

Law and literature,Socio-legal studies,Visual criminology