Emojis in Court

😊❤️😊 I think you know what I’m saying.  See you in court!  I’m Amy E. Feldman.

Microsoft announced it is bringing back Clippy, the paperclip used in Windows 97 that was phased out because people hated it.  Love ‘em or hate ‘em, emojis have become an important form of communication, which is why according to Eric Goldman, a law professor at the University of Santa Clara, emojis are showing up as evidence in court more frequently than ever, including in one case in which three Georgia teens were convicted of burglary after evidence of their facebook posts showed emojis of guns, bombs, and dollar signs, a California man who was convicted of witness intimidation after sending a witness emojis of a gun, a rodent, and an eyeball, and even one case in which a landlord sued a tenant after the tenant’s thumbs up and champagne emojis were taken as acceptance of a lease.  A thumbs up symbol can in fact communicate intent, which is thumbs down for the English language.

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