Our Analyst spoke with DCFL’s examiner and learned that remnants from a Twitter post had been cached on our client’s computer. Tim Bilecki was able to forensically test and show that thumbnail images could be cached on to a computer by simply scrolling down a Twitter feed without a user ever knowing it. Our results were also replicated by DCFL. Mr. Bilecki used these findings to have a lengthy discussion with the prosecution team. The prosecution dismissed the charges before the Article 32 hearing.
This case proved as a prime example of why it is important to hire a defense team with computer forensic resources and hire them early. Without the work of our digital forensic examiner, and knowing how to utilize those findings, this case would have taken a dramatically different turn. Fortunately, the prosecution team here was very reasonable and agreed with the defense that the Chief never intended to possess or even view any illegal images.