April 2019 Bar Bulletin
By Daniel W. Dugan
In the middle of a trial in an antiquated, but quaint, courtroom in Auburn, California, a 69-year-old juror leans forward toward the defense attorney and interrupts him during his cross-examination, and says out loud in open court, “Haven’t you ever heard of PowerPoint?”
What more needs to be said?
Apparently, his fumbling with the overhead projector, his document being put on upside down, the focus being fuzzy, and the lighting making it hard to read did not meet her expectations of what a prepared attorney ought to be like.
Jurors from all walks of life in all jurisdictions EXPECTto...