Monday, May 14, 2007

Tech in Courtrooms: Haves and Have Nots?

Yesterday the News Tribune had a story describing the trend toward more high-tech aids in courtroom presentations. Focusing on criminal trials, the reporter contrasts the new equipment the Pierce County Prosecutor's office has invested in with the low-tech options available to small criminal defense firms and public defenders and identifies the equity issue:

[S]ome people worry that the pursuit of justice – truth and equity – could be hindered if one side is armed with the latest technology and the other relies on butcher paper to diagram crime scenes.
Adam Lynn, Fancy gadgets replace oratory in courtrooms, News Tribune, May 13, 2007.

Thanks: Lisa Kremer.

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