Experience in the courtroom is the cornerstone of DOAR’s Trial Presentation practice. For the past 20 years our Trial Consultants have supported counsel at trial with the presentation of evidence in some of the biggest, high profile and complex white collar criminal matters in the country. Our seasoned trial teams have seen it all from inside the well and routinely draw on their shared experiences to provide our clients with unparalleled professionalism and calm under fire.
Below are a few of our consultants’ anecdotes relating to some of the lessons learned while spending an average of nine months a year at trial.
Wiretaps as Key Evidence
During a recent trial, key evidence originated from the recorded telephone line of one of the government’s main witnesses. Since we did not have direct access to the phone calls, we needed to rely on the district attorneys’ office to produce the audio files to us. Midway through the case we found several errors in the transcripts of the audio recordings prepared by the government. Since many of these files were linked to our presentations, we needed to edit the transcripts ourselves before we played them in court. This entailed converting the government’s files to an editable format while not sacrificing quality, then converting the files back to a presentation format, all the while making sure the audio remained linked to the presentation. During the conversion process, a major error regarding one of the audio files surfaced. It became apparent that a key phrase was incorrectly transcribed and attributed a positive answer when in fact, the answer was negative. This was a key piece of evidence for our client. Our ability to discover and correct this error while in the courtroom was of immense importance to the success of our clients’ case.