DIGITAL FORENSICS EXPERTS PRONE TO BIAS, STUDY SHOWS

On 31 May, the Guardian carried an article saying that in a study participants found more or less evidence on hard drive depending on what contextual information they had.  It found that experts tended to find more or less evidence on a suspect’s computer hard drive to implicate or exonerate them depending on the contextual information about the investigation that they were given.  Even those presented with the same information often reached different conclusions about the evidence.  Digital evidence now features in around 90% of criminal cases.  It says that the study, soon to be published in Forensic Science International: Digital Investigationfound that the examiners who had been led to believe the suspect might be innocent documented the fewest traces of evidence in the files, while those who knew of a potential motive identified the most traces.  It also found low levels of consistency between examiners who were given the same contextual information, in terms of the observations, interpretations and conclusions they drew from the files.

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2021/may/31/digital-forensics-experts-prone-to-bias-study-shows

https://www.researchgate.net/publication/351303866_A_Hierarchy_of_Expert_Performance_HEP_applied_to_Digital_Forensics_Reliability_and_Biasability_in_Digital_Forensics_Decision_Making

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PANAMA: 3 MARTINELLI-ERA MINISTERS FACE ODEBRECHT CORRUPTION TRIAL

On 31 May, Newsroom Panama reported that among the list of 50 people called to trial for alleged money laundering and corruption of public servants are 3 former ministers of the Ricardo Martinelli administration (2009-2014).

https://www.newsroompanama.com/business/three-martinelli-era-ministers-face-corruption-trial-1

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PANAMA: 42 ACCUSED IN CAR WASH MONEY LAUNDERING CASE INCLUDE MOSSACK FONSECA

On 31 May, Newsroom Panama reported that a court will open a hearing on 1 June with 42 people accused of alleged money laundering through the Lava Jato operation.  Among the defendants are Jürgen Mossack and Ramón Fonseca Mora, from the defunct law firm Mossack Fonseca.

https://www.newsroompanama.com/news/42-accused-in-money-laundering-case

It was later reported that the trial of 33 had been postponed until March 2022

https://www.prensa.com/judiciales/hoy-ministerio-publico-pide-juicio-para-33-personas-por-presunto-blanqueo-a-traves-de-la-operacion-lava-jato/

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