The Court of Appeals has given the green light to the prosecution’s use of PowerPoint on summation, reasoning that visual demonstrations can be evaluated in the same way as oral statements (NYLJ, April 6). But the dissent points out that there’s a big difference between how we process images and words. Because we tend to uncritically believe what we see, the persuasiveness of visual demonstrations has the potential to interfere with the kind of reasoned deliberation we expect of a jury.
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