zaterdag 8 januari 2011

Veroordeeld door zoekgeschiedenis

Oh dear, in de VS is iemand veroordeeld voor de moord op zijn vrouw, waarbij zijn 'zoekgeschiedenis' op internet een heel belangrijke schakel in het bewijs was!
Uit de uitspraak:

1. The computer evidence. This was probably the most incriminating other evidence. In October 1998, the Jensens’ home computer revealed that searches for various means of death coincided with e-mails between Jensen and his then-paramour, Kelly, discussing how they planned to deal with their respective spouses and begin “cleaning up [their] lives” so they could be together and take a cruise the next year. Jensen was evasive when Kelly asked him how he planned to take care of his “details” and, significantly, Jensen’s e-mails did not mention divorce at all. On the same date Jensen was planning a future with Kelly, his home computer revealed Internet searches for botulism, poisoning, pipe bombs and mercury fulminate. A website was visited that explained how to reverse the polarity of a swimming pool — the Jensens had a pool — by switching the wires around, likening the result to the 4th of July. The State pointed out the absence of Internet searches on topics like separation, divorce, child custody or marital property.
Significantly strong was the evidence of the Internet sites visited on the morning of Julie’s death. Exhibit 89 reveals a 7:40 a.m. search for “ethylene glycol poisoning.” Jensen told Ratzburg that the morning of Julie’s death she “could hardly sit up,” she “was not able to get out of bed,” and she “was not able to move around and function.” Jensen said he was propping Julie up in bed at 7:30 a.m., which was ten minutes before the search for ethylene glycol poisoning, and that he did not leave home to take their son to preschool until 8:00 or 9:00 a.m.
Finally, the State presented abundant evidence that Julie rarely used computers and that, in contrast, Jensen was a skilled computer user and avid Internet surfer.
Overigens was de zoekgeschiedenis niet het enige belastende bewijs, er was ook nog een "letter from the grave."

Via Eric Hennekam

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