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Thursday, April 20, 2006

Off Topic Evidence That Means Nothing

It's good evidence for the newspapers, but not for the jury.
[T]he time stamps are only as accurate as the clock in your camera; if you forgot to set it an hour ahead for daylight savings, your metadata would be an hour off. You can also modify any of the metadata with a simple computer command if you have the right software.
Still it doesn't seem likely that these digital photos of the stripper released by the defense are forged or terribly inaccurate but obviously it is of little value except in the court of public opinion.

Some of alibi evidence presented to the media so far for the two accused may be more helpful however.

A neighbor who reportedly saw what was going on said that interaction took place about 12:30 a.m., according to a written statement to police that was provided to CNN by a source with knowledge of the case.

The district attorney has said that the woman was raped afterward.

Mostafa told CNN he got a call at 12:14 a.m. March 14 to pick up two people at 610 North Buchanan Blvd. in Durham. He got there about 12:18 a.m., he said.

Two young men got into his taxi -- one of whom was Seligmann, he said -- and he drove them to a bank branch to get money.

Defense attorneys say an ATM receipt will show he withdrew cash at 12:24 a.m. (Full story)

Mostafa said he next drove the lacrosse player and his companion to a restaurant, then back to a dorm.

During the 35 minutes the two men were in his cab, Mostafa said, he didn't notice anything unusual.

"[They were] joking and laughing, making different conversation," he said. "I did not pay attention. ... [They were] just like talking, like joking, like any kids."

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