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Digital evidence is a powerful vehicle for justice!

The idea was simple: If digital evidence could prove people were guilty of a crime, it could also prove that people who had been wrongfully convicted were innocent.

The Digital Evidence Innocence Initiative was formed through collaborative efforts of a criminal defense investigator, criminal defense attorney and digital forensic expert. We seek to identify post conviction cases in which new digital forensic technology can be used to recover new evidence from older devices that could lead to the discovery exculpatory evidence.

In our ongoing efforts to prevent future wrongful convictions we provide public defenders equal access to digital forensic experts through our co-founder eLab Digital Forensics and developed digital evidence training for defense attorneys and investigators to advance our dual goal of a uniformed national standard.

Our Goals

    • Raise awareness of the causes of wrongful convictions in cases involving digital evidence.

    • Provide ongoing digital evidence training to defense teams.

    • Highlight the need for early assistance of counsel to preserve time-sensitive digital evidence.

    • Promote a national standard of training for defense attorneys and investigators.

    • Review cases for re-examination.

    • Facilitate re-examination using new digital forensic technology.

    • Shape laws in a positive way to provide parity in capabilities, training and resources to public defenders to prevent wrongful convictions and establish a future pathway to post conviction relief in cases involving digital evidence.

Building the Case for Digital Innocence

Attorney and Investigator Training
In building a standardized Digital Evidence Case Assessment Method (DECAM) we are committed to strengthening the capacity of our public defenders to ensure effective criminal legal representation and prevent wrongful convictions. The same standardized method used to re‐examine old cases has led to the discovery of new digital evidence that was previously inaccessible.

Unlocking New Evidence From Old Devices
As digital forensic technology continues to advance, more data can be accessed that may not have been previously available that can be used to overturn wrongful convictions. Recent breakthroughs in digital forensics technology now allows new evidence to be recovered from a significant number of different cell phones dating back to 2013.

Case Evaluation
We provide assistance for attorneys and investigators representing individuals who are convicted of crimes in which digital evidence may have or could have been a deciding factor. If you have a case involving digital evidence from an older device or just have questions, contact us using the form below for a free case assessment.

Digital Innocence Request for Assistance Form

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News

Proposed Legislation

We seek to shape laws in a positive way to prevent wrongful convictions and establish a future pathway to post conviction relief in cases involving digital evidence by proposing:

    1. Indigent citizens accused of a crime receive effective representation through a public defense system equally funded, resourced and trained in the use of digital evidence as the prosecution.

    2. Meaningful access for the defense to Big Data collected and stored by publicly funded state and government projects such as license plate readers, facial recognition programs and government intercepted data from cell phone services, internet provider records and more.

    3. A system to preserve this type of Big Data or other digital evidence to be available to the defense for post conviction claims of Digital Innocence, similar to provisions surrounding the retention of DNA evidence.

    4. Equal access to the same digital forensics and computer technology and Big Data information retrieval capabilities to search and parse this data as the prosecution.

    5. Equal access to digital evidence located on social media and internet service provider platforms to that of the prosecution.

If you have a case involving digital evidence and need help or have questions call, email or complete a request form for assistance.

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We improve the ability of public defenders to make the most of this critical data with our digital evidence management software and customized training program.

Training by investigators for investigators

Digital Evidence Case Assessment Method (DECAM) is specifically designed for public defenders to expedite the identification and collection of digital evidence and to more effectively identify relevant insights from that data.

We have worked in direct collaboration with the Connecticut Public Defenders since day one and launched our program at the first New England Regional Public Defender Training Seminar. 

We are currently looking to pilot the program with public defense agencies across the country to establish a uniformed standard.

If you are interested in learning more about the DECAM Training, or about becoming a DECAM Certified Investigator click here: DECAM Training Class & Certification

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More Data Can Be Recovered.

Recent breakthroughs in digital forensics technology now allows new evidence to be recovered from millions of iPhones dating back to the iPhone model 5s released in 2013.

Cellebrite’s recent release of the Checkm8 forensic exploit allows forensic examiners to access more information from these older devices that was previously inaccessible such as deleted texts. This release is a game changer in the word digital forensics moving forward, but also gives us the ability to look back and apply this technology in post conviction cases to obtain new evidence.

Click the following link for the Cellebrite Checkm8 exploit press release and technical discussion to see what model iPhones are affected.

Link to PDF Cellebrite Release notes
Link to Technical Discussion CHeckm8 PDF

If you have a case involving digital evidence and need help or have questions contact us for assistance. Follow us on social media for updates, practical tips and knowledge sharing.

New Technology affects millions of Feature Phones.

Have a Case Involving a Feature Phone, New Options Are Available.

Recent breakthroughs in digital forensics technology allows new evidence to be recovered from millions of feature phones that were not previously accessible. Feature phones have a limited operating system and not all support third-party software like smartphones.

Cellebrite’s recent release now supports extractions features phones running the KaiOS operating system such as Track Phone, Nokia and Alcatel. This is significant moving forward, but also gives us the ability to go back and apply this technology in post conviction cases to obtain new evidence.

Click the following link for the Cellebrite release notes for a complete listing of models now accessible.

Link to PDF Cellebrite Release notes

If you have a case involving digital evidence and need help or have questions contact us for assistance. Follow us on social media for updates, practical tips and knowledge sharing.