PC simulations are used for many studies from weather and seismic activity, to nuclear explosions. However, using PC simulations in court has not been a common practice. I found an article this morning which discusses a trial taking place in Seattle where a man is being charged with vehicular homicide and a software simulation is being used to aid in the prosecution. I wonder how far out of hand this practice will become before sufficient regulation and certification is put in place to make it fair, if that is even possible. I can see a situation where the weekly software update was done improperly and the crime will have to be re-tried due to simulation error. I wonder if the convicted would be able to make a case against the application programmer for any mistake or suffering if the case were later overturned.
In the Seattle trial, a man is being charged with vehicular homicide after taking a ride with a friend in his new sports car. Witnesses saw the pair leave with the friend driving the car, who was then killed in an accident involving a tree and a mailbox. The prosecution is using PC-Crash, a computer simulation, to try to prove that the occupants switched roles and that the survivor of the crash was driving and caused the crash.