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March 2012 , Page 18 

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Electronic Data Discovery Prerequisites

By Rick Albee and Steve Harmon

"What do I have to get for you?" Without a doubt, this is the second most common question attorneys ask when they are thinking about hiring a forensic computer examiner. “What, exactly, do you do?” This is the most common question.

Forensic computer examiners glean information from computers to assist attorneys in arguing their cases. What attorneys give to forensic computer examiners determines how well examiners can retrieve that computer information for attorneys. The forensic computer examiner’s greatest challenge is having the information to see the flaws in the opposition’s case. Obtaining the correct discovery for the forensic computer examiner is critical to facilitate discovery of the smoking gun.

Challenge the evidence is the mantra in leading the battle of successful defense. Consider that there are approximately 800,000 full-time police personnel in the U.S. (683,000 state and local, and 120,000 federal officers), but the number has shrunk or failed to keep

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