Would you prefer text over speech or gestures in a Court of Law? Well, it depends on the physical capabilities of an individual. If the bystander is deaf and doesn’t know how to communicate verbally, gestures may make a better sense. But then, you need an interpreter to ensure that the purport doesn’t go missing. Now, left with the only option i.e. making the witness to slot the text in; makes sense? Not, perhaps.
A 36 year-old Iman R. Sharif had been charged with burglary, stalking, criminal trespass, simple assault and harassment. During his hearing, a Court in Northampton County, New Jersey, made a deaf man to substantiate the evidence through text. However, it proved futile as there were frequent typing mistakes making it evermore incomprehensible. They tried instant messenger as a last resort, but the technical glitches spoiled the sport. Finally, it was declared to be a mistrial.