Video: Using sentencing mitigation videos in criminal court

Using “day-in-the-life” videos is nothing new for civil plaintiff attorneys. These powerful tools can make a difference in negotiations. But now criminal defense attorneys are using sentencing mitigation videos in courtrooms to help their clients receive reduced sentencing in prison. The Atlantic features the video below, No Jail Time: The Movie about Doug Passon, a defense attorney turned filmmaker. The short documentary by Lance Oppenheim shows how these videos are designed to appeal to a judge’s empathy and humanize their subjects.