Decoding Digital Hieroglyphics: The Meaning of Emojis in Evidence

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Extract from article by Lauren Foster published on Lawyerist

As professional speakers and writers, attorneys’ desire for precision and clarity urges us to find the single most accurate way to express a thought. And while clients may not have this compulsion, no expense has been spared when it comes to proving what the client meant when he or she said something. The need to ascribe definitive meaning has now reached the realm of emojis. The colorful symbols of Japanese origin took off globally when Apple began including them on the iPhone keyboard in 2011. As emoji popularity and usage continues to increase, they have trickled into courtrooms across the country, where judges must decide how to handle this new visual evidence.