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Courtroom Considerations in Digital Image Forensics


The manner in which results of digital image forensic investigations are presented in the courtroom can be positively or adversely affected by case law, federal rules, legislative acts, availability of discovery materials, tools, and the use of exhibits. Issues pertinent to effective and successful testimony are addressed, along with suggestions for improvement of methods.


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  • Frye
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  • Knowledge
  • Pornography
  • Possession
  • Testimony
  • Thumbnail
  • Timestamps

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The author would like to recognize Attorneys Anna M. Durbin and Michael W. Hoffman who provided salient feedback during the writing of this chapter. Clients and attorneys whom the author has worked with (or against!) on cases involving digital imagery, whose names have not been instantiated for reasons of privacy, are also thanked for the numerous insights they have provided. Dr. Norman Badler, director of the Center for Human Modeling and Simulation at the School of Engineering and Applied Science of the University of Pennsylvania is also acknowledged for his long-standing encouragement and support of research in computer graphics in general and this author in particular.

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Mercuri, R. (2013). Courtroom Considerations in Digital Image Forensics. In: Sencar, H., Memon, N. (eds) Digital Image Forensics. Springer, New York, NY.

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