Admission of Duplicate Digital Evidence

State v. Morris, 2005 WL 356801 (Ohio App. 9 Dist.)

During forensics analysis using EnCase a copy of the hard drive was made. Before returning the computer the expert erased all data on the original drive. At trial the copy was used as evidence. The court found that the rules of evidence permit admission of duplicates, that appellant was unable to show what type of exculpatory evidence may have been lost during the copying procedure, and that the original was not destroyed in bad faith.