Attorney Prevents Falling Flat At Trial In Fraud And Forgery Case Using ExhibitView And Wins Big.
Facing a Monumental Task Organizing 40,000+ Discovery Documents and Educating The Jury Effectively, Attorney Paul Winter Chose ExhibitView Software for Trial Presentation and Wins Big; Praises The Ease Of Use of ExhibitView.
By: William Roach
Attorney Paul R. Winter writes:
Dear Mr. Roach,
Last Spring my co-counsel and I were preparing for an 11 count theft, fraud and forgery case and faced with the prospect of falling flat at trial without an efficient method of handling over 40,000 documents produced in discovery. Needless to say, losing a jury's interest was a primary concern. Getting them to understand the case seemed an impossible hurdle. We needed help and began calling attorneys for evidence presentation and organization ideas. We were told about ExhibitView by an attorney who had used it but one time. He was effusive in his praise of the system, particularly its ease of use.
After we contacted you and purchased the program, we sat through the tutorial, which was amazing with you having remote access to our screen. You advised that we better practice prior to trial.
Once in the trial, scheduled for ten days, I had the first cross-examination. It was a full day with one witness and as you might expect, document intensive. My co-counsel ran the computer, pulling up document after document, displaying them side-by-side for contrast/comparison, highlighting and blowing up for the jury the important parts of documents ranging from receipts to search warrants. It was a display like none I've seen, much less handled. I have tried over 50 cases to juries, and my co-counsel has tried nearly as many. Our opponents, the attorney general's office and the state's attorney's office used a different, more cumbersome program to display their evidence.
The second day of witnesses my co-counsel cross-examined the State's only witness for that day. I handled ExhibitView. I had failed your instruction to practice. The ease of use, nevertheless, made up for my lack of preparation and we were as smooth as the day before. The State had promised the jury 21 witnesses to include a forensic auditor expert. After my co-counsel was done cross-examining the State's second witness, the assistant attorney general stood up and announced that the State was resting. The next 10 hours were spent arguing amongst ourselves as to whether we should present our case-in-chief. We now had seen how effective it was going to be with ExhibitView having seen how effective our cross-examinations were . We rested the next morning and argued the case extensively using ExhibitView.
Our client was acquitted of all counts. In the months that followed, the State dismissed the charges against three of his co-defendants without attempting to try their cases to a jury. The State dismissed all charges against the last three co-defendants literally in the middle of their jury trial. But for our ability to educate the judge and jury via ExhibitView, we would never have been so successful.
In short -- ExhibitView made possible the impossible. Two solo practice attorneys and a paralegal were able to effectively defeat a paper case of huge proportions and keep the judge and jury from being overwhelmed by mountains of paper alleged to be evidence of guilt. THANK YOU for your product and your incredible, service to your customers. ExhibitView levels the playing field for small law offices! Sincerely, Paul R. Winter
ExhibitView 4.2 PC and Ipad support many forms of electronic evidence, including PDF documents, SlideMaker Slides, various image files, audio/video and web pages. The company also offers online tutorials, and live, interactive training sessions weekly, Tuesday’s at 2pm – all free of charge.
A brief, two-minute overview of the product can be found at: http://www.exhibitview.net/
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