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Case Blurb: Au Optronics Corp., Burden of Proof for Authentication is Slight

Posted by rjbiii on May 18, 2010

The testimony of a subscribing witness is not necessary to authenticate a writing unless required by the laws of the jurisdiction whose laws govern the validity of the writing.” Fed. R. Evid. 903. Authentication by circumstantial evidence, in lieu of testimony, is permissible. McQueeny v. Wilmington Trust Company, 779 F.2d 916, 928 (1985). Circumstantial evidence that may be considered includes, but is not limited to, the source of the document, its appearance, content, substance, internal pattern, distinctive characteristics, and its age. Fed. R. Evid. 901. “The burden of proof for authentication is slight. ‘All that is required is a foundation from which the fact-finder could legitimately infer that the evidence is what the proponent claims it to be.'” McQueeny, 779 F.2d at 928 (citations omitted).

In this case, the Court concludes that AUO has met its burden of authenticating the documents in question…

LG Display Co., Ltd. v. Au Optronics Corp., 265 F.R.D. 189, 196 (D. Del. 2010)

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Posted in 3d Circuit, Authentication, Case Blurbs, D. Del., FRE 901, Judge Joseph A. Farnan Jr. | Leave a Comment »

Case Blurb: Lebowitz; Authentication of ESI Discussed

Posted by rjbiii on May 17, 2010

The Defendant questioned the authenticity of email transcripts, “instant messages,” and “chats” due to the incompleteness and integrity of the evidence. “The requirement of authenticity . . . as a condition precedent of admissibility is satisfied by evidence sufficient to support a finding that the matter in question is what its proponent claims.” Fed. R. Evid. 901(a). Though K.S. did not testify at the hearing, Officer Suber testified that the communications were provided to her by K.S. FN2. Also, other evidence, including recorded telephone conversations, corroborated the communications. There are obvious omissions in some of the communications. However, the Court finds that those omissions do not support excluding the communications. The omissions go to the weight rather than the admissibility of the evidence. Based upon the evidence presented at the hearing, the Court finds that Defendant has not demonstrated that the evidence should be excluded at this time. Defendant’s Motion on the Authenticity of Purported Electronic Communications is DENIED.

FN2: For purposes of the hearing, Officer Suber’s testimony was sufficient. However, before the communications will be admissible at trial, the testimony of K.S. or someone with actual knowledge about the communications will be required.

United States v. Lebowitz, 2010 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 7026 at *4-5 (N.D. Ga. Jan. 27, 2010)

Posted in 11th Circuit, Authentication, Case Blurbs, Chat Room Content, email, FRE 901(a), Instant Messaging, Judge Richard W. Story, N.D. Ga., Uncategorized | Leave a Comment »