Chapter 11

Digital Evidence as Alibi

Eoghan Casey


The key pieces of information in an alibi are time and location. When an individual does anything involving a computer or network, the time and location are often noted, generating digital evidence that can be used to support or refute an alibi. For example, defendants in a number of cases have claimed that they were alone at the time of the crime but were using a computer or playing on a gaming system. Activities on gaming systems, or the lack thereof, may help establish or refute their alibi.

Case Example (People v. Durado, 2001)

Jerry Durado was found guilty of killing his parents despite his claim that he was at work in Boeing’s ...

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