Video depositions have the advantage of illustrating not only the words of a witness, but the non-verbal communication that accompanies the testimony.
Take this recent example from a story reported by The New York Times about a case being heard in Los Angeles Superior Court. It involves two “former friends,” Victor Sands and Jack Kavanaugh and a fake Picasso drawing.
Mr. Kavanaugh is accused of inducing Mr. Sands to buy the fake, and the final bit of evidence came in the form of a video deposition from Mr. Kavanaugh’s son, Ryan Kavanaugh. In the deposition, Ryan Kavanaugh is described as wearing a loosened tie, and “looking glum.”
After a good bit of testimony about his knowledge of the painting and a description of his attempt to buy the painting, the Times reported, “On the video, Mr. Sands’s lawyer got a laugh when he asked Mr. Kavanaugh whether he had ever tried to value the paintings. ‘I wouldn’t be in a position to value art,’ Mr. Kavanaugh said, chuckling just a little.”
Huseby employs videographers who understand both the technical aspects of video and the legal aspects of depositions, as is clearly the case in the Kavanaugh deposition, which proved a very effective tool for Mr. Sands’s attorneys.
Huseby uses the best cameras and audio equipment to assure the final video is polished and professional. In addition, Huseby videographers know video depositions convey a wealth of information in every move and gesture a witness makes.
Oh, and if you wondered how the case turned out, the elder Mr. Kavanaugh was ordered to pay $250,000 in punitive damages for his role in the sale of the fraudulent Picasso.