Dumpster Diving For Deleted Files: When Is It Worth It?

Law360, New York (August 21, 2013, 10:50 AM ET) -- Deleted digital evidence can have a tremendous impact on the outcome of a trial. Whether it’s the digital photos in the Jody Arias case or deleted emails in a global, anti-corruption matter, finding a relevant piece of data that its custodian had previously deleted can be the difference between winning and losing a case.

But while its potential value at trial is clear, oftentimes, estimating the expense and burden of retrieving the deleted files is not. Most people know that when they delete a file, it’s...
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