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Evidence

The Connecticut Supreme Court has laid out the basis for accepting computer-generated information as evidence in a trial. The case involved a computer-enhanced bite mark on the victim's body and the bite mark of the accused murderer, which was accepted by the lower court as evidence. Attorneys for the defense had argued that the evidence should not have been admissible because a computer was used to alter the image, thus making it suspect. In ruling the image admissible, the court set out rules to guide future litigation. The court ruled that testimony must be given as to the computer used, the qualifications of the operators, the correct use of the equipment, and the clear identification of the enhancement process. (State v. Swinton, Connecticut Supreme Court, No. 16548, 2004)

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