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Criminal Justice Magazine, Spring 2004

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CRIMINAL JUSTICE Spring 2004 Volume 19, Number 1

FEATURES

Digital Juries versus Digital Lawyers
By Andrew Taslitz
Today's lawyer needs to know how to find evidence "in the bowels of the computer" and be able to present it at trial to a jury, the author says in this overview. A Howard University law professor, chair of Criminal Justice magazine's editorial board, and issue editor for this special symposium, Prof. Taslitz introduces the authors and articles and offers his own take on the impact technology has on the three broad tasks of any trial lawyer: investigation, suppression, and presentation.

Courtroom Technology:
By Frederic I. Lederer
For Trial Lawyers, the Future Is Now
Founder of the Courtroom 21 Project at the College of William & Mary, the author reports on the cutting-edge technology that is making its way into courts nationwide. From the commonly accepted document camera and PowerPoint presentations to holographic evidence and "immersive virtual reality," the article gives readers a look at what their future holds.

Visual Persuasion in the Michael Skakel Trial:
By Brian Carney and Neal Feigenson
Enhancing Advocacy through Interactive Media Presentations
A fascinating report on how technological advances in the presentation of evidence helped prosecutors in Connecticut win a murder conviction in a 27-year-old, high-profile murder case against a member of a prominent American family.

Ensuring the Admissibility of Electronic Forensic
Evidence and Enhancing Its Probative Value at Trial

By Fred Galves and Christine Galves
The authors discuss how technology has given criminals "direct access" to our personal lives and information in a way that allows them to commit their offenses with more bravado and less chance of getting caught, and what it takes for law enforcement officers and prosecutors to lawfully search and seize electronic evidence and ensure it will stand up in court.

Supressing Evidence Gained by Government
Surveillance of Computers

By James Adams When the government comes knocking at your computer door, will you know what to do? Author James Adams looks at the reality of the expectation of privacy in the age of computers and the Internet, while exploring how the courts struggle to apply old laws, such a those governing telephone wiretaps, to new "computer-assisted conversations, communications, and data storage."

Digital Media as Evidence and Evidence as Media
By Sam Guiberson
Defense attorney Guiberson makes the case that a trial lawyer can no longer live by "words alone." Many jurors are so accustomed to what he calls "multilevel, multi-media communication" that they lose interest and fail to focus when confronted by a words-only presentation. If you plan to win, the author says, you must demonstrate your compatibility with technology.

DEPARTMENTS

Chair's Report to Members
Digital evidence, courtroom technology, and the art of storytelling

Cert Alert
Mid-Term report

Criminal Justice Matters
Post-trial contact with jurors: ethical dimensions

Trial Tactics
Privilege versus compulsory process

Scientific Evidence
Expert qualifications: Who are these guys?

Section News
San Antonio site of Midyear; transnational criminality

Juvenile Justice
Malvo closing argument

Ethics
Clients, lawyers, and the media

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