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November 21, 1989

COMMENT ON SCIENCES INC’S COURTROOM BROADCAST LASER DISK VIDEO LITIGATION SUPPORT SYSTEM

By CBR Staff Writer

We tried to give a full flavour of the awfulness of Litigation Sciences Inc’s courtroom broadcast news-style laser disk video litigation support system in CI No 1,309, but we quite failed to convey the excruciating horror of the thing in action: you see it was in a test case in Washington DC in July in a Alpo Petfoods Inc vs Ralston Purina Co when according to Alpo’s lead counsel, it contributed significantly to a bench trial award of $10.4m to Alpo – electronic exhibits included videotaped witness testimony, with printed text superimposed to aid recall and emphasise key points; moving graphs illustrating market share; pictures of documents with segments highlighted on the video screen; photographs of all 79 witnesses, available for instantaneous display; video pictures of witnesses that spun out of a map of the US for punchy opening statement and closing argument summaries – and an animated graphic of a dog that fades into an X-ray image of the inner muscle, bone and hip structure; they call it stimulating, high-impact courtroom communication, we call it flagrant and unpardonable contempt of court.

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