People v. Clevenstine, 891 N.Y.S.2d 511 (N.Y. App. Div. 2009)

Key Insight: Stating that ?authenticity is established by proof that the offered evidence is genuine and that there has been no tampering with it,? and that ?the foundation necessary to establish these elements may differ according to the evidence,? court found computer disk containing instant messages was properly authenticated and admitted into evidence where ?both victims testified they had engaged in instant messaging with defendant,? where an investigator testified that he had retrieved the messages from defendant?s computer, where MySpace ?explained the messages?had been exchanged by users of the accounts created by the defendant and the victims,? and where his wife recalled seeing such conversations on defendant?s computer

Nature of Case: Criminal

Electronic Data Involved: Disk containing instant messages

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