FROM COLLECTION TO THE COURTROOM: DIGITAL EVIDENCE A NEW Standardized Method for Investigators and Attorneys IRIS LLC is proud to announce the creation of the first standardized Digital Evidence Case Assessment Method (DECAM) for indigent defense organizations. Developed for the defense community to reduce pre-trial incarceration and prevent future wrongful convictions in cases involving digital evidence. NEW Regional Training Opportunity! Digital Evidence Case Assessment Method (DECAM) along with free resources in our online Digital Evidence Toolbox. Presented by IRIS LLC at the upcoming New England Regional public defender training, Thursday, June 6, 2019 at Middlesex Community College. DECAM was developed for the defense community to reduce pre‐trial incarceration and prevent future wrongful convictions in cases involving digital evidence. Applied to post-conviction review in cases where digital evidence was a deciding factor; became the genesis for the first ever Digital Evidence Innocence Initiative. Click here to read the New DECAM White Paper
When digital evidence is encountered during an investigation, many questions arise: What is the best method to preserve the evidence? How should the evidence be handled? How should valuable or potentially relevant data contained be preserved? The key to answering these questions begins with a firm understanding of the characteristics of digital evidence. Updated standards can be found in our Digital Evidence Toolbox at http://www.irisinvestigations.com/iris-digital-evidence-toolbox/
Previously overlooked cell site records containing location data were used to exonerate a man after 17 years in jail. In 2000, teenager Vernon Horn was convicted for a January 1999 robbery and murder at a New Haven neighborhood convenience store. Seventeen years later, cell-site records were used to set aside the conviction. Read the Full Article> Case Study: Early Assessment and the use of Cell Site Records
Effective use of location data begins with having the knowledge of what information to get and where to find it. But the most important thing to know is that it is time sensitive so it must be prioritized early. Read Full Article> Criminal Defense - Location Data
(Photo: Michael Owens, USA Today) The Supreme Court ruled Friday that the government cannot monitor people's movements for weeks or months by tracking the location of their mobile phones without a warrant. In a ruling that could have broad implications for privacy rights in the digital age, justices on both sides of the ideological spectrum said rapid advances in technology make decades-old rules on data privacy inadequate. Read the Full Article>
In our earlier post on this topic, Best Practices for Searching Social Media for Evidence, we described a universal approach for searching the internet to locate and identify social media evidence. In this article we will discuss the best practices for preserving social media evidence, the rules of evidence that apply and steps that can be taken to overcome anticipated admissibility issues. Read the Full Article>
(AP Photo/Jeff Chiu) On Thursday, May 24, 2018, California’s Supreme Court ruled that social media companies can be compelled to provide criminal defendants user content that is public. Many social media companies including Facebook have ignored requests arguing that federal law prevents the release of user content. Read the Full Article>
A Bridgeport man, who spent nine and a half months in prison after a woman claimed he raped her in a Stratford motel, was found not guilty of the charges. Mr. Joseph’s defense team reported that the cell phone evidence recovered by IRIS LLC was a crucial part of the defense. When IRIS LLC initially received Mr. Joseph's phone it was heavily damaged and not operational, but we were able to repair the phone so that the text message evidence could be successfully extracted and provided to the defense team. Read the Full Article>
New Investigation Yields Critical Evidence: In our assessment of the credibility of the State's star witness, Gregory Coleman, it was a simple matter of conducting due diligence.
The duty of the defense to independently investigate and interview alibi witnesses is fundamental, but not always a given.
Thank you to everyone from the Connecticut Division of Public Defender Services who attended our latest digital forensics training seminar in Hartford, CT on Thursday, April 5, 2018.