Essay on Poe V. Leonard

11101 Words Apr 11th, 2013 45 Pages
Because this is an appeal from the denial of a motion for summary judgment, we construe the evidence in the light most favorable to Poe, the non-moving party. See, e.g., Goldberg v. Cablevision Sys. Corp., 261 F.3d 318, 324 (2d Cir.2001).
I. Factual Background
A. The Filming of the Trooper Candidate Testing Videos
At some time during the fall of 1992, several administrative officials of the Connecticut State Police ("CSP") and the Connecticut Department of Administrative Services began to revise the testing procedures for trooper candidates at the CSP Training Academy ("police academy"). Captain Leonard, who had just assumed command of the CSP Bureau of Selections and Training,[1] supervised this ongoing project along with
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Although Leonard did not supervise any of the actual filming by Pearl, he viewed the draft videos Pearl produced. Of particular relevance to this appeal and as pressed by Poe is the static crime scene video, produced before the incident involving Poe. This crime scene features a motel room in disarray, with beer bottles and articles of clothing strewn about, and a gun on the bed. As Pearl, the cameraperson, films the inside of the bathroom, he eventually focuses on bloodstains on the wall and the body of a gagged, female victim in the bathtub with her clothes in disarray.
Poe emphasizes two portions of the video: a focus on a bra on the bed and a lingering shot on the victim's upper thigh region. The entire crime scene lasts for approximately one minute and forty-five seconds on the testing video. During that time, Pearl pans the camera to the bra on the bed for approximately one-half of one second, and later returns to focus on the bra for approximately two seconds. Pearl also focuses on other articles of clothing in the room. For example, he focuses on a pair of men's black socks on the floor for one second. In between the shots of the bra, Pearl films the disorder by the dresser for approximately fifteen seconds. Pearl then moves into the bathroom, where he focuses on the bathroom sink, located opposite from the tub, for approximately eight seconds. Pearl then spends a total of thirty-four seconds filming the female "victim" who is lying in the tub, with

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