Many recorded evidence cases involve scores of conversations taking place over several months. To successfully cross examine an informant, or to support a client's testimony about his intentions during a taped conversation, it is critical that the jury be able to follow the patterns in language that will help them understand what the conversation means to the client.
Mapping patterns of language behavior helps jurors understand a linguistic analysis of the recorded evidence.
When a lawyer has to deconstruct the two sides of a conversation on tape, what one participant understood from the other isn't so obvious. Visually reinforcing the observable patterns in conversations helps juries understand how they can be shaped and redirected in accord with the hidden agendas of the recording party.
Recorded conversations can be the client's best friend or worst enemy. Presenting the recorded evidence with both a visual logic and an audial logic ties cross examination and defense testimony directly to the recorded evidence Confirming your account of the facts with the facts on the other lawyer's tape is the best means of making the recorded evidence your own.
Whether it is video transcription combining transcript and audio, or a graphic showing how new topics spread through a group of wiretapped individuals over time, proving the purposes to which language is put in visual terms can offer juries ways of seeing the words they hear, and revealing the true objectives of those who speak them. Digital displays of different transcripts simultaneously lets the trial lawyer compare and contrast the language in many conversations to prove up common elements that occur over time. Analytical chronologies of conversation topics may dovetail with documents in discovery that can demonstrate the client's version of events.
Actions that lead to words and words that lead to actions can sometimes be diagrammed better than they can be explained. Visual aids that convey similar features in conversation on a single tape, or in a series of recorded conversations, can be effective when verbal reinforcement alone cannot. We know how to choose, design, produce and present multimedia exhibits that help lawyers illustrate what recorded evidence really proves.