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Archive for June, 2004

What We Learn From the Lacey Peterson Case #1: Plasma Screens!

Wednesday, June 2nd, 2004

Watching the instant-analysis of the Lacey Peterson trial and the reviews of the various performances, I was struck by the one consistent theme. Nearly every commentator was gushing about the way Geragos used . . . (hushed and awed tones . . .) TWO PLASMA SCREEN TVs. Some even repeated the word “plasma” as if catching a glimpse of a miracle. The best part was that one person couldn’t really articulate a reason why the screens mattered in the case.
Anyone still have any doubt that we are the TV generation(s)?
Memo to litigators in high visibility cases – the price of entry has now been raised by two plasma screen TVs. If you don’t bring them, you aren’t a serious player anymore. Forget the jury consultants, the evidence and the color of your suit. Plasma, baby. Top legal tech trend of the year – it’s right here.
You heard it here first. For free. Remember that when you are paying litigation consultants top dollar to tell you the same thing.
The remaining question, though, is whether it’s better to go with a few huge screens or a smaller individual plasma screen for each juror. I’m leaning toward the big screens. Unless, of course, you can imply that you will let the jurors take the individual ones home and survive the objection with only an instruction for the jury to disregard the comment rather than a mistrial and contempt citation. Just kidding – I wouldn’t ever recommend the first choice amd I’d bet on the contempt citation and mistrial every time if you did try it. (NOTE: Last sentence required in the event of humor-impaired readers.)
The new Beck lyric (dedicated to Ken Forton):
Where it’s at (for lawyers)
Two plasmas and a microphone.

TVC Alert: What the @%!& is that Program Running on My Computer?!!

Wednesday, June 2nd, 2004

I haven’t gotten the hang of the blogrolling thing yet, but I’m trying. As a result, I feel that I’m not making regular enough mentions of the blogs and sites I read, enjoy and rely upon. I want to try to make amends by (1) singling them out in individual posts and (2) working on the blogroll thing.
This morning, I was reminded once again about what a great resource Genie Tyburski’s TVC Alert Newsletter is (RSS feed available here). While the newsletter appears on its face to cover legal research issues, it goes way beyond that and brings you tech news, practical computer and Internet tips, great links and tons of other useful info. That’s not surprising, since Genie’s Virtual Chase site has long been the premier resource for annotated links to legal research resources.
Here’s a great example from today’s newsletter:
“PC Tip: What Does That File Do?
(1 Jun) Ever wonder what a file that shows up in your system configuration, running tasks or programs lists (Add/Remove) does? PC Magazine’s tip reveals a simple way to learn about PC files and what they do. If you follow this advice, you can also discover spyware and adware, which resides on your computer but which your anti-virus and anti-spyware software fail to detect.
I used the method described a few days ago to remove spyware that was too new for detection from one of my home machines. While Add/Remove programs seemed to remove the software, it in fact did not. Between searches at Yahoo and Google, I was able to discover what was known about it and where it hid so that I could remove it completely.”
The PC World article she refers to a major find for me, both personally and as the resource I was looking for to mention in an upcoming presentation I’m doing on computer troubleshooting. Being able to understand and evaluate what programs are running on your computer is becoming an essential skill these days. This article is a huge first step in learning what you need to know.
Today’s TVC table of contents gives you an idea of the value you can expect on a daily basis:
** PC Tip: What Does That File Do?
** CNet Tests Automated News
** Yahoo Beta Leaves Adware Up to You
** Google Upgrades Intranet Software
** Hurdles in Digitizing Libraries
** Best of Technology in 2004
** Gimpsy: Search by Activity
** Resources: First Amendment Law”
Highly recommended. It’s rare that a day goes by where I don’t pick up something useful from TVC Alert. I’ve maintained for quite a while now that the websites run by legal librarians (, and LawLib Tech are quick illustrations of what I mean) have come to dominate any list of best legal websites. TVC Alert will show you why I’ve come to that conclusion.