In re M., No. 09-12-00179-CV, 2012 WL 1808236 (Tex. Ct. App. May 17, 2012)

Key Insight: The appellate court held that the trial court had erred in admitting appellant?s cellular phone into evidence and in granting opposing counsels? oral motion for forensic examination of that phone where the phone was initially surrendered by appellant to allow for the reading of particular, relevant, messages and not requested by a formal discovery request as is required by law, where appellant had no opportunity to object to the scope of the production or to assert his privileges and where the rules of discovery require the least intrusive means of retrieval and direct access to devices is discouraged

Nature of Case: Child custody

Electronic Data Involved: Cellular phone and contents

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