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. Organizations comprised of digital forensics experts such as National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), the National Institute of Justice (NIJ), and Scientific Working Group for Digital Evidence (SWGDE) have published guides for ensuring quality and consistency within the forensic community. IRIS LLC has updated our Digital Evidence Toolbox with the newest Standards and Best Practices from SWGDE along with other free tools and resources for the legal professional.
The duty of the defense to independently investigate and interview alibi witnesses is fundamental, but not always a given. It takes a professional energetic and sometimes tenacious investigation by the defense team to be effective. In our investigation locating the alibi witness was routine procedure that should have been done by the previous defense team, but was not. See full Hartford Courant article
A forensic scientist allegedly seen “dry labbing” a suspected marijuana sample in December has been suspended, as prosecutors and defense attorneys consider thousands of other cases in which he handled evidence. Kamal Shah of the New Jersey State Police Office of Forensic Science worked as a drug analyst from 2005 to 2015, and handled 7,827 cases, according to the New Jersey Office of the Attorney General. Full Story: Lab Tech Suspended after Allegedly 'Dry Labbing' Drug Evidence