Friday, July 8, 2011

A Digital Forensics Innocence Project

Any digital data storage device can be used to...Image via WikipediaJoe Windish posted an article on the need for a computer forensics innocence project. For A Computer Forensics Innocence Project over at the TheModerate Voice.  What he advocates makes a lot of sense.

"What we need is a Computers Forensics version of the Innocence Project. We need experts who believe in the presumption of innocence and are willing to spend the time it takes to dig through logs, registry entries and hard drives to find exculpatory material when present. Prosecutors who look for – and presume – guilt do selective searches for data supporting guilt; those accused rarely have the resources to counter such selective evidence."

I agree with him in principal, considering that there are people who are charged with crimes who do not have the resources to hire experts.   And in cases where the client cannot meet the standard to be declared indigent and receive funding for an expert, I believe that we as experts in the field should be willing to take on a reasonable number of pro bono cases.

It is our policy at Guardian Digital Forensics to take on pro bono cases when we can spare the resources.  The Casey Anthony case was one of our pro bono cases.

I am a firm believer in the presumption of innocence, not matter how heinous the crime a person is accused of committing.

I can speak for the other examiners at our firm and state that we would gladly support the formation of an innocence project for digital forensics.  However, one firm cannot do it alone.  I invite my colleagues in the field to start a conversation on how we could make this a reality.  If you are interested in working on creating an innocence project for digital forensics, contact me and let's see where we can take this.
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