My Cousin Vinny (1992)

Concept featured in clip: Evidence Based Argumentation
Location of clip: (DVD)

Summary of clip: Vinny is questioning Mr. Kramer about some pictures he took of Mr. Kramer’s position when he saw the defendants leave the shop. Vinny also questions Mrs. Riley about what she saw and is amazed by the thickness of her glasses and tests out her depth range. Vinny is establishing a means of inaccuracy or doubt in the testimonies given with science.

Connection of flickclip to the concept: With Mr. Kramer if there are other things that obscure the line of sight, the original image can be distorted or remembered incorrectly. With Mrs. Riley, it also relates back to the human eye and vision, if there is an impediment (vision deficit), then the original image can be distorted or remembered incorrectly.
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Suggested questions for students to when viewing the clip:
1. How many different things did Mr. Kramer have to look through before he could see the defendants?
2. Why was it important that Vinny had the jury and Mr. Kramer see everything he had to look through to make his ID of the defendants?
3. Why did Vinny ask Mrs. Riley to look at him?
4. What was the impediment to Mrs. Riley’s testimony?
5. How far did Vinny walk away to ask Mrs. Riley how many fingers he was holding up? Why did he not walk the whole distance?