In some situations, less can be more. That certainly appears to be the case for the prosecution's argument during the sentencing phase of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's trial.
The prosecution utilized a previously unreleased photograph of Tsarnaev defiantly flashing his middle finger at the camera in his holding cell prior to his arraignment in 2013. They paired that image with a set of photos of the victims who died as a result of Tsarnaev's actions during the 2013 Boston Marathon Bombing. The prosecution is arguing that this photo shows Tsarnaev is “Unconcerned. Unrepentant and unchanged. Without remorse, he remains untouched by the grief and the loss he caused.” They are asking for the death penalty.
Technology, when utilized properly at trial, can be an incredible tool. Sometimes though, the simplicity of a still image can be the most powerful way to get your message across. Every case is different, and that means it has never been more important to be ready to utilize any tool at your disposal. Sometimes that is going to call for a dense, interactive, polished PowerPoint presentation, and in the case of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, it seems to have called for a single, incredibly powerful image.
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