People v. Lesser, No. H034189, 2011 WL 193460 (Cal. Ct. App. Jan. 21, 2011)

Key Insight: Appellate court affirmed trial court?s admission of printouts of online chats preserved by a police officer, despite the fact that the version presented at trial contained emoticons that prior versions presented at preliminary examination did not or that introductory lines for the chats were not preserved in the printouts, where the officer ?offered sufficient evidence of the method by which he preserved the text? and where he testified that ?the printouts were accurate and complete? representations of the chats; the printouts were not inadmissible hearsay as argued by defendant because they were not offered for the truth of the matters asserted but rather were offered to show that defendant in fact made the statements

Nature of Case: Attempted distribution of harmful matter to a minor over the internet and related charges

Electronic Data Involved: Instant messages

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