The Courts: Room with a View

In many ways, the traditional U.S. courtroom seems only too well designed for blind justice. Jutting into the room like an oversize Murphy bed, the judge's bench often obstructs the view of jury members so much that they cannot see exhibits that lawyers show the judge. Equally bad, the jury has only a side view of the witness stand and cannot see the fullface expressions of witnesses under questioning. The judge is even worse off: only by craning his neck can he see anything but the back of a witness' head, and he...

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