Victim Life Photo Bill Signed Into Law

Gov. Bill Haslam

Gov. Bill Haslam

Gov. Haslam signed the Victim Life Photo Bill last week, allowing a living photo of a murder victim to be shown to a jury. It’s something that judges often would not allow before because they felt it could be considered prejudicial. Attorneys on both sides say this new law does not mean we are about to see more guilty verdicts to come out of murder trials. But advocates say this is a huge win for victims’ rights. Supporters of the law say that the families of murder victims, seeing one smiling picture of their loved one means a lot during a trial. Typically, a jury only sees the gruesome crime scene and autopsy pictures. Prosecutors will decide case-by-case whether or not to use a picture of a victim during trial. The new law takes effect on July 1st.