"Unprecedented" evidence effort

In a motion filed on April 16, 2013, prosecutors told the Arapahoe County, Colorado, District Court that it has provided more than 37,000 pages of discovery documents to the defense. In addition, a total of 436 optical storage disks - almost all from law enforcement agencies - contain varying types of information such as audio recordings, video recordings, business records, photographs, computer forensic reports, and laboratory files.

Due to the enormous amount of evidence, the motion states that the Aurora Police Department assigned Detective Chris Fanning to managing "discovery for this case, and this case only, on a full-time basis from shortly after the commission of the offense until late-2012." This is the first time the police department has assigned one officer to full-time discovery management. "Normally the job of discovery management falls to the lead case detective, but the department made the decision to assign Detective Fanning to this task due to the large volume of discovery generated in this case."

The motion also states that the Aurora Police Department is utilizing a police electronic records management system called Versadex, as well as a digital media management system "that stores and manages digital files such as audio, video, and photographs."

"In summary," states the motion, "the Aurora Police Department has undertaken an unprecedented effort at quality control in the discovery process."

James Eagan Holmes was charged in July 2012 with 24 counts of first degree murder and 116 counts of attempted murder after he shot into the audience of a midnight screening of the film The Dark Knight Rises. Twelve people were killed and 58 others were injured in the July 20, 2012 mass shooting.

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Forensic Podiatry (Part Two of Two)

THE DISCIPLINE of forensic podiatry—or, in other words, the examination of pedal evidence—has progressed significantly over the past ten years. It is no longer a question of “What can you do with a footprint?” but rather, “Who can we use to evaluate the footprint?” Cases involving pedal evidence, especially bloody footprints and issues of determining shoe sizing or fit issues compared to questioned footwear, have become more common over the past two or three years.