Stearman v. State, No. 29 A02-1002-CR-214, 2010 WL 59827 (Ind. Ct. App. Aug. 11, 2010)

Key Insight: Court held transcript of chat cut and pasted into word document in its entirety was properly authenticated where the officer testified that the transcript was a ?true and accurate and full and complete copy of the exact chat [he] had with the defendant?; Best Evidence Rule was satisfied where ?any printout or other output readable by sight shown to reflect the date accurately is an ?original?? in the context of information stored in a computer and where there was no evidence that the original messages, which were removed from the computer when the instant message program was removed, were erased in bad faith

Nature of Case: Solicitation of a minor

Electronic Data Involved: Printed transcripts of instant messages

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