Entering the forensic twilight zone – ‘Cardiac pacemaker’ data meter proves guilt

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DA’s come up with the most ingenious ways to ‘prove’ someone is lying. They usually need an expert’s help. It all started with throwing witches into rivers to see if they float or sink (Salem, MA).

This new one is a true trend setter for specious probability opinions from a ‘novel’ expert who predicts nefarious physical activity from cardiac electronic devices. Similar to other prosecution cases aided by digital electrical and water meters. Background: The FBI on crime scene digital data sleuthing.

An Ohio man was charged with arson and insurance fraud “after data from his cardiac pacemaker was analyzed, and it was determined by a cardiologist to be ‘highly improbable’ that his actions on the day of the fire corresponded with what he told officials.” (Forensic Magazine)

Thanks to @CeliaGivens at the New York Legal Aid Society

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Dr. Michael Bowers is a long time forensic consultant in the US and international court systems.
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