The Bassett Firm
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October 2016 Archives

Texas Police Body Camera Legislation

          Police body-worn cameras... They've been the subject of much attention in recent months. Are you aware that the one-year anniversary of new Texas legislation on this very subject just passed? New Police Body Camera legislation went into effect in September 2015. The intent was to "seek to create statewide standards on the use of body-worn cameras by law enforcement and to provide a state solution to assist the procurement and operation of a body-worn camera program."

Authentication of Electronic Evidence

          Today, more and more evidence is coming from electronic sources, which can pose unique challenges for admissibility and authentication. As with all trial evidence, the proponent must show that electronic evidence is what she says it is. In other words, the proponent must authenticate the evidence.1 Despite the challenges, "the rules of evidence already in place for determining authenticity are at least generally adequate to the task" of authenticating electronic evidence (i.e. text messages, social media sites, and digital photographs).2

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