People v. Chromik, No. 3-09-0686, 2011 WL 1346923 (Ill. App. Ct. Mar. 29, 2011)

Key Insight: Transcript of text messages created when student read the messages to her principal who typed them into a Word document and which were admittedly altered by spell check were properly admitted as evidence by the trial court where the trial court ?ensured that all knew the document was exactly what it purported to be: a transcription of the victim?s reading of the text messages?; where both parties were allowed to argue over interpretation; where defendant was allowed to present evidence that indicated spell check likely resulted in alterations; where the dates and time contained on the transcription and attributed to text messages from defendant mirrored the dates and times identified in the phone company?s records; and where the victim testified as to the content of the messages and defendant did not deny sending them

Nature of Case: Criminal sexual assault

Electronic Data Involved: Text messages

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