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New Evidence! Digital Innocence in Post-Conviction Review

As a defense attorney, do you have a post-conviction case involving digital evidence? Find out what impact new technology can have.   The Digital Evidence Innocence Initiative seeks to provide technical and forensic assessment and assistance for attorneys representing individuals who are convicted of crimes in which digital evidence may have or could have been a deciding factor Was a complete digital evidence case assessment conducted? Was digital evidence locked in a device or not supported at that time? Was deleted data unrecoverable at that time? Were third party apps inaccessible at that time? Was location data a component of the case? Fill out our Digital Evidence Innocence Initiative “Request for Assessment Form” to see if your case qualifies. http://bit.ly/2lYUr9N

Finding Innocence with Digital Evidence

Digital Evidence, just like DNA evidence can prove innocence. And just like DNA evidence, it’s imperative to know how to locate the sources of digital evidence. On May 5, 2017, the Prosecutor in the case said there was an issue with the witness identification of Anthony Christiana as the gunman in the case; therefore, the Prosecutor dropped the murder charges against Christiana in the murder of William Prieto. IRIS LLC investigators discovered digital evidence which contradicted the eyewitness statement that said that the man that killed Prieto was clean shaven.  An IRIS LLC digital forensics examiner was able to extract a photo from a cell phone owned by Christiana’s girlfriend, and that photo, showing Christiana with facial hair, had been taken 14 hours after the murder proving Christiana did not fit the eyewitness’s description of the murderer.  Read Article http://bit.ly/31XsS1a Managing time-sensitive digital evidence can be tricky, and digital forensic experts should be involved as early as possible, but defense teams need to address digital evidence as soon as the case is put in their hands, otherwise valuable evidence may be lost due. The Digital Evidence Innocence Initiative http://bit.ly/2X2k5LD , along with the IRIS LLC Digital Evidence Case Assessment Method http://bit.ly/2JYiEqz, a tool to help manage the sometimes overwhelming amount of digital evidence found, are here to assist Public Defenders in proving a client’s innocence.

ICYMI: CT Man Jailed for 17 Years, Exonerated Thanks to Digital Evidence

New Haven, CT man who served 17 years in prison for murder and robbery was freed back on April 25, 2018 after he was exonerated by cellphone records. Read Article The digital evidence is out there to save more lives, but defense teams may not be as educated as the prosecution, who have access to state labs, as to what to look for, where to look for, and how to obtain all the necessary digital evidence needed to prevent or exonerate wrongful convictions. #innocenceproject #wrongfulconvictions #publicdefender #digitalevidence #digitalinnocence For further information see: Digital Evidence Case Assessment Method and Digital Evidence Innocence Initiative White Paper

Digital Innocence:  Accessing Locked Mobile Devices

Locked cell phones that were at one time inaccessible can now be unlocked using the latest digital forensic technology.  There is often a lag time between the creation of new technology and the digital forensic community’s ability to analyze it.  In 2015, digital forensic capabilities took a giant leap forward with the ability to unlock many cell phones that previously were not accessible.  Digital evidence contained in some locked cell phones prior to 2015 can now be recovered using new technology. 

Digital Innocence: Google Timeline Location Data

Google Timeline, launched in 2015, is a feature that contains location history and can establish that a user was located at a particular place and time. Google Timeline is a potential source of exculpatory evidence for criminal defense cases and wrongful conviction cases.  Google collects location data from a user’s mobile device if they have a Google account and location services are enabled. This data is captured even while the device is idle.  Android users are prompted to set up a Google account upon activation of their new mobile device and Apple iPhone users can also add a Gmail account to their device.  This location data could exist since the creation of the account.  Per Google, this information is derived from GPS data, cell site/cell tower information, and Wi-Fi access points. Google collects this data whenever one of their services is activated and/or whenever there is an event on the mobile device such as a phone call, text messages, internet access, or email access. Google information can also contain Gmail, photos and videos, search history, contacts, applications, other connected devices, Google Voice and Google Wallet. Google’s Timeline feature allows criminal defense attorneys and investigators to obtain detailed information about where someone has been – down to the longitude and latitude – over the course of YEARS. Additional information found here Digital Evidence Case Assessment Method White Paper and here IRIS LLC Digital Evidence Toolbox: Location Data