Cell Phones Are the New DNA - The Emerging Role of Mobile Device Forensics in Wrongful Conviction Exonerations

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New evidence produced from testing using new, innovative technology can open the door to judicial action for wrongful conviction review and exonerations. For decades DNA testing was the most popular and effective example of new technology. Now mobile device forensics is emerging as an effective alternative to watch, or even the most promising form of new evidence, because of its speed of technology innovation and adoption, also its support of a diversified number of proof vectors as compared to DNA.

The hypothesis or proposition of this presentation centers on how new technology and rapidly changing methods and tools provide a steady stream of opportunities for the Innocence Project, appellate public defenders, and private criminal defense attorneys to recover exonerating evidence in wrongful conviction challenges using advanced mobile device forensic science.


John Carney, Esq. is Chief Technology Officer and lead digital forensic examiner at Carney Forensics where he has been assisting clients with electronic and mobile device evidence for the past fourteen years as an expert witness. He has a 30-year software engineering and information technology career. He was educated at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) where he studied computer science, computer graphics, and software engineering and earned a Bachelor of Science degree. He is a federally and state licensed attorney and was educated at Mitchell-Hamline School of Law where he earned a Juris Doctor degree and Certificate in Dispute Resolution. He serves on the Council of the Minnesota State Bar Association’s Computer and Technology Law Section and is a member of the American Bar Association. Mr. Carney sits on the Computer Forensics Advisory Board at Century College and is a voting member of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences.

CLE Credits:

1.0 Standard CLE Credits | Event Code: 470089


MSBA/HCBA/RCBA Members: $15
Non-Members: $45 
Law Student: Free

Deadline to register: August 15, 2022

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Program Manager:
Kayla Erbach

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Wednesday, September 14, 2022

12:00 PM to 1:00 PM

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