Bill passes that allows jurors to see in-life photographs

Friday, April 17, 2015, Vol. 39, No. 16

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Tennessee legislature has passed a bill that would allow jurors to see photographs of murder victims when they were still alive.

Prosecutors and victims' rights advocates hailed the passage of the legislation as a return to portraying the dead as more than just a corpse. It comes during National Crimes Victims' Rights Week.

Shelby County District Attorney Amy Weirich announced Tuesday's passage of the legislation in a press release.

She said that for years it was common for prosecutors to show jurors photographs of how victims appeared before a murder, but judges have been banning the practice out of concern that it would lead to some convictions to be overturned.

Weirich said the in-life photographs allow the victims to be seen as more than a piece of evidence.