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Re: Careless Law Enforcement Computer Forensics Lacking InfoSec Expertise Causes Suicides
From: Michael Holstein <michael.holstein () csuohio edu>
Date: Mon, 03 Oct 2005 09:17:17 -0400

As long as the possession itself is a crime, this is just a waste of
resources.  I tend to agree that the current situation in most
countries is difficult because of the elusive nature of purely
electronic evidence.

Old problem, new kind of evidence .. if someone were to stash their dope in my bushes while running from the cops, and that's later discovered by my neighbor's kid .. guess who's going to end up down at the station looking stupid? .. ME.

Possession is 9/10 of the law. Once you've got dirt on your hands, it's your responsibility to prove it isn't yours. Unfortunately, in the digital world, that means you've got to be able to afford an expert to rebut the techie on the prosceution's payroll.

Curiously, here in Ohio, we have a law that says (in part) that the police must *prove* that any digital kiddie porn is a "real" kid, and not an image altered to look like one. Wrong or right, that little loophole has aquitted several defendents that have the means to hire an expert witness.

Michael Holstein CISSP GCIA
Cleveland State University
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