Wednesday, December 24, 2014
Prosecutors have learned a powerful way to gain convictions -- PowerPoint visuals. They are using -- and abusing -- PowerPoint in courtrooms across the US and in the process have set judges' teeth on edge. Convictions are getting thrown out because prosecutors have been too enthusiastic in reaching for verdicts. Slapping guilty in red across a person's face is leading juries in ways that are unfair to defendants who are presumed innocent until proven in error. One can't blame prosecutors for using all forms of technology to make their cases, but as PR practitioners know, one can go too far. One wonders if Bill Gates imagined the use of PowerPoint in the courtroom when it was developed.