Prosecutors Use Tech Displays For Juries


In today’s world of Facebook, Twitter, and high-def, and big-screen TV sets with digital surround sound, it’s no longer enough to be good at arguing if you’re a prosecutor. Now, you have to appeal to jurors visually, too, says the Detroit Free Press. Prosecutors increasingly rely on sophisticated computer graphics, aerial satellite photos from Google Earth, and other technology-laden presentations in criminal trials so that jurors can see — not just hear– the case.

“Now it’s more paramount than ever to show jurors, not just tell them,” said Macomb County Prosecutor Eric Smith, whose office sent two investigators to a courtroom technology course. Howard Nations, a Texas attorney recognized as the first to introduce an animation as trial evidence in 1989, said that juries nowadays are largely comprised of people who grew up in the digital age. When jurors deliberate, studies show, 8 percent of what they remember comes from what they hear, while 55 percent is from what they see.

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