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Coronavirus Forces Prosecutors to Embrace Video Conferencing in Criminal Probes. It’s Raised a Host of Issues.

CNN

06 May 2020

Carrie Cohen spoke to CNN about the move for federal prosecutors to conduct investigations virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“One major issue with virtual interviews is that it is difficult to read facial expressions, variations in voice, and other body language that often helps the questioner assess credibility and what areas to focus on or to further explore,” Carrie said.

Carrie also pointed out the issue of technical problems that might lead a witness to offer more information than he or she might otherwise, adding that she reminds clients that “pauses and silence are to be expected and that when the video freezes, as it almost always does, they should not attempt to fill that void with continued explanations or restate any answers provided.”

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