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article imageCasey Anthony trial – computer evidence

By Alexander Baron     Jun 8, 2011 in Crime
Orlando - A short report on the ongoing trial of Casey Anthony for the murder of her daughter, Caylee. Yesterday, the court heard more forensic evidence related to computers used by the accused.
Yesterday, Wednesday, the court heard from Kristin Brewer, another cadaver dog handler, and from Sandra Osborne, a computer examiner from the Orange County Sheriff’s Office, who said she was asked to search on the family computer for the word chloroform – used as a search term - by Yuri Melich, and was able to recover a complete history for a search that had been deleted. This dovetails with the evidence the court has already heard about chloroform levels in the car which Anthony is alleged to have used to transport her daughter’s dead body.
Detective Osborne also said she had received a computer owned by Ricardo Morales for analysis. Mr Morales is Anthony’s ex-boyfriend – one of them – he testified last month.
When lead defence attorney Jose Baez cross-examined the officer, he elicited from her that password protection on a shared computer could be bypassed either deliberately or inadvertently, with the obvious inference that someone other than his client could have accessed the machine and searched for the word chloroform. After Detective Osborne stepped down, the court was adjourned for lunch.
After lunch, Judge Perry asked the jury if any of them were allergic to seafood, adding that they may have a surprise Friday.
The next witness was Kevin Stenger of the Orange County Sheriff’s Office, another computer specialist, with a Masters Degree; not your average plod. After his credentials were established he explained a bit about recovering deleted files from a computer hard drive.
Under cross-examination he was asked by Jose Baez when Casey Anthony – or someone using this computer - had searched for chloroform. He was unable to give a precise time, and stressed in his testimony the limitations of his craft.
The court then heard from John Bradley, a software developer, the owner of a software company, and a former Canadian police officer. Regardless of its probative value, his evidence was in places very technical and far from exciting.
Under cross-examination, Baez tried to impugn the character of the witness by alluding to shady financial motives, but we have already been here: the judge is paid, the court staff are paid. And Baez himself is working pro bono?
The final – and most important question of the day was from the judge: Hangover 2 and X-Men. Any objections? There were none!
The case continues.
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