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Re: Fw: [IACIS-L] Statement by Defense Expert
From: "J. Oquendo" <sil () infiltrated net>
Date: Thu, 07 Jun 2007 08:42:11 -0400
Valdis.Kletnieks () vt edu wrote:
So I take it that law enforcement computer examiners and prosecutors *do* have
the years of experience in software engineering and exploit construction and
use, to qualify them to translate a bit of data into forensic evidence of guilt?
Catch 22. This is why prosecutors often rely on expert witnesses who
even then are lacking. One of the
things many omit in their methods of thinking when it comes to perhaps
going to trial is the following,
and please take it very seriously... Will the JURY understand it first
and foremost, secondly will the
jury even give a rats ass.
From experience, 1) the jury WILL NOT understand even 1/2 of the
terminology nor concepts, analogies
you can throw at them. This works to the benefit of whichever side is
willing to exploit the jurors.
"Overwhelm them with so much technology they'll have to believe the
accused is guilty. After all, why
bring in all of these *experts*" (for the prosecution). "Overwhelm them
with so much technology to
counter the former experts expertise and throw in doubt..." For the defense.
On the latter... While "guilty until proven innocent is the American
dream, it is seldomly practiced. If so
there would be no need for bail since the defendant is after all
innocent. (Bottom line holding true to the
letter of the law... Not practical but this concept of innocent until
proven guilty is flawed). Anyhow,
if one were to find themselves on trial this is what you SHOULD
expect... You will get a jury of your
so called peers.. So let's define peer: Noun 1. peer - a person who is
of equal standing with another
in a group. Your peers will never be in equal standing from a
technological perspective period. For
one, it would take a miracle to gather a bunch of computer literate
users for jury duty. Heck you will
likely find 0 even if one appears for jury duty, it is likely the
prosecution will try to rid this person
from selection. Its not in their best interest to have someone fully
technical on trial for a few reasons.
1) The juror might associate his experiences with the case being tried
and taint an outcome based
on HIS experience, not the facts presented. Would be the main reason. It
might not be in the best
interest of the defendant for the same reason.
No sir, your peer will consist of someone who's likely going to be
computer illiterate, likely twice
your age, etc., they'll 1) be frustrated they have to go through jury
duty and want to get things over
with to return to normal life. 2) They'll be looking like a deer in
headlights trying to understand what
the hell an expert is talking about: "SMTP is a protocol used to deliver
electronic mail. This mail
consists of binary zeros and ones which when converted formed a
corrupted gif image which caused
Microsoft's Windows Small Business Server to suffer a buffer overflow."
Might sound like clockwork
to anyone here, but will sound Klingon to a juror. I could go on and
on... But one should be able to
envision the possibilities of jurors being lost and irrate.
I may or may not do a write up based on my case, but that is likely
going to irritate a lot of federal
agents and it will likely mean I will end up posting my case files
online which will further piss off
more federal agents and perhaps place me back to square one. Who knows
maybe I will discuss
this with an attorney beforehand. Lest I face the wrath of again
breaking into an employer while
on an airplane. But hey... An expert can always be called in on my
defense on how it would have
been impossible to spoof over the Atlantic Ocean... Then again, a
counterexpert could show the
possibility of me hijacking satellite after satellite after satellite
for said connection to leave "a
teasing message saying... Hi I pwnd you" for shits and giggles.
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