After achieving positive results for two clients by putting video clips of pre-trial questioning online, Colorado lawyer John Pineau believes that YouTube is about to revolutionize justice. He told the Denver Post, "This is an incredible new hammer of justice. It's really not understating it to say this will change justice around the world."
Pineau credits videos of a client's ex-husband saying it is okay to lie to the government for helping to win a civil judgment for her. In another case, a corporation sued his client and won. Pineau then uploaded portions of depositions from the case, after which the company offered a cash settlement in exchange for removing the videos.
The Denver Post story notes that ethics experts are divided about how lawyers can use the Internet as a tool for their clients, but the story suggests consensus that using a pre-trial deposition before a trial ends raises red flags. And if a revolution is indeed brewing, a predictable response will be a surge in motions to seal records and redact court files.
Photo: Baby carriage steps from Sergei Eisenstein's Battleship Potemkin, 1925.