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December 2007 , Page 38 

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The Danger of Exposure to the Internet

By Michael Cherry, Edward J. Imwinkelried

We are entering an era of rampant error in Internet data. It may soon become nearly impossible for courts to determine the truth based on digital information. In the long term, America should implement a strategy of isolating key computer systems with sensitive data from the Internet. In the short term, the judiciary ought to generally adopt a more skeptical attitude toward computer data proffered in court, and in particular permit attorneys to conduct extensive discovery concerning the possibility that the data has been compromised by alteration.

How can 5’ 9” illegal alien Luis Aguilar also be 5’7” and 6’5”? The government’s computer data say that he is, that’s how. According to the government’s computers, his fingerprints matched those for three different AKAs with records stating different heights. One record was an INS folder for a 6’5” person; that record contained a mug shot photograph showing the height. A second record was another INS folder for a

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