Demonstrative Evidence and Aids

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Demonstrative Evidence and Aids

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Demonstrative Evidence and Aids

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Demonstrative evidence may further be excluded if its probative value is substantially outweighed by danger of unfair prejudice, confusion of the issues, or misleading jury, or by considerations of undue delay, waste of time, or needless presentation of cumulative evidence; such determination is within trial court's considerable discretion. FRE 403; Westcott v. Crinklaw, 68 F.3d 1073, 1077 [8th Cir.1995]; Young Dental Mfg. Co., Inc. v. Q3 Special, 112 F.3d 1137 [C.A. Fed. (Mo.),1997]. Mover seeks to avoid undue prejudice, confusion of the issues, or misleading the jurors. Mover will need the opportunity to determine whether such evidence misrepresents the facts or otherwise distorts facts in any way other than oversimplifying the facts. Mover will further need ample opportunity to cross-examine any witnesses that have relied on the aid in an effort to lessen the aid's evidentiary weight. Id. Plaintiff bears the burden of proving any demonstrative evidence meets these standards and rules. Jackson v. Fletcher, 647 F.2d 1020, 1027 [10th Cir.1981]; U.S. v. Gaskell, 985 F.2d 1056 [11th Cir.1993] [Fla.]. Whether to admit or exclude demonstrative evidence is matter within sound and broad discretion of district court. Petty v. Ideco, Div. of Dresser Industries, Inc., 761 F.2d 1146 [5th Cir. 1998] [Tex.].
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