Last year, a video of a high-speed police car chase strongly influenced the U.S. Supreme Court to rule in favor of police in a deadly force liability case. Could a DVD have similar sway in a case involving one of the worst oil spill disasters in the nation’s history?

On Feb. 27, the high court will hear arguments in Exxon Shipping Co. v. Baker, No. 07-219, a challenge to a $2.5 billion punitive damages award stemming from the Exxon Valdez oil spill in Prince William Sound, Alaska, in March 1989.

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