Breaking the Backlog of Digital Forensic Evidence

Written by Dr. Hans Henseler

It is time for a change in the way the law enforcement works with digital forensic evidence. Every police investigator needs to be able to quickly and easily analyze digital forensic evidence related to their criminal cases—from photos, videos, email, social media and Internet usage to audio and documents.

And each day that a computer or mobile device sits in a police department's backlog waiting to be processed is one that a criminal remains on the street.

Electronic devices routinely contain evidence related in some way to the planning, coordination, commission or witnessing of crimes. And the digital information contained in seized devices is typically sent to specialists in digital forensics laboratories to be processed.

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Court Case Update

FINGERPRINT EVIDENCE went through a nearly three-year ordeal in the New Hampshire court system, but eventually emerged unscathed. On April 4, 2008, the New Hampshire Supreme Court unanimously reversed the decision of a lower court to exclude expert testimony regarding fingerprint evidence in the case of The State of New Hampshire v. Richard Langill. The case has been remanded back to the Rockingham County Superior Court.