A forensic unit within a federal
crime lab has been tasked with the investigation of an individual who is
suspected of the manufacturing, transportation, and sale of illegal
fireworks explosives. Upon responding to a fire at the suspect’s house, firefighters
discover 2.5 tons of explosives, and therefore, put out the fire from a
distance. When investigators arrive on the scene, several networked computers,
PDAs, cell phones, and laptops are found in an upstairs office. As junior
investigators, they are unsure of how the fourth and fifth amendments
will affect their investigation, search warrants, and the ultimate seizure of
these devices. In addition, they are unsure of the standard operating
procedures for processing computer evidence within the first and fourth
amendment’s governance, so AB Investigative Services (ABIS) has been contracted
to provide guidance in these areas.
the forensics procedures to collect, and process
forensic evidence from these devices while following the fourth
and fifth amendment guidelines.