Handling the 21st Century Criminal Case: You Don’t Know What You Don’t Know

In a case that involves electronic data, a properly conducted cross-examination of a computer forensics expert can go a long way in creating reasonable doubt about the integrity of the government’s investigation and the evidence the government derived from it. Using examples from an actual trial transcript, Joshua Horowitz discusses (1) how to attack the methodology used by the government’s technical witnesses when they obtained computer forensic evidence and (2) how to use the experts’ purported knowledge against them.