Monthly Archives: June 2013

How digital data can be obtained by the government.

This is a detailed article brought to my attention by the Reichel & Plesser law firm of Sacramento, CA.  It goes through how various types of digital information from your phone and a variety of other sources is accessible to the government.

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A little bit more about the Fowler case.

The following article appeared in People Magazine.,,20706055,00.html

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Fowler Case Update

Meeting Isaiah

At last Wednesday’s hearing I met Isaiah Fowler for the first time, albeit only via introduction by his attorney Mark Reichel (  We were in court and there was no time to converse with the young man.  It is difficult to get too much of a read on him, but he does look very tired.  As you would expect with a 12 year old, it is difficult to determine during so brief an encounter if he fully understands everything that is going on around him.  He was very quiet and reserved, but did make eye contact with everyone.

Mr. Mellen’s Statements

Now to the comments about Mr. Mellen’s statements regarding what he did and did not see on the morning of the stabbing.  After carefully reviewing the limited evidence provided to this point by the police, Mr. Mellen does not live across the street from the Fowler residence, except in a fairly broad definition of that term.  His address appears in the Police Reports.

Imagine that you are standing in the street facing the Fowlers’ residence.  To left  the road goes up hill toward central Valley Springs and the baseball fields where the Fowlers were watching the game that morning.  To your right the street runs downhill in the direction of Mr. Mellen’s home.  Running Mellen’s address through Google maps, Mellen’s house is at least six (6) houses downhill from the Fowler’s.  In addition he has a sizable tree in the front yard.

The Fowlers would have returned to their house that morning from the opposite direction.  After coming over the apex of the road, they would have almost immediately turned into their driveway.  The odds seem very small that anyone living at least six houses down the street would have noticed them arriving.  It should be pointed out that in this neighborhood the lots are large and the homes are not wedged up against each other.  The point is the Fowlers did not go past Mellens’ house when they rushed home that morning.

Where were the dogs?

One neighbor I interviewed wondered where the Fowlers’ dogs were on the morning of the attack and where they have been since.  This neighbor was sure the Fowlers kept two (2) dogs at the house, one of which was always tied up near the front door.  That neighbor need not worry about the dogs.  The Fowlers never owned any dogs while living at the house.  Neighbors right around the Fowlers’ house confirmed that the previous tenants had two dogs that were treated poorly.  One witness said that one of the dogs was tied up to the bumper of a truck regardless of the weather.  The same neighbors confirmed that there were no dogs at that location for at least a year and half.

The Search Warrant Rumor

One member of the press asked if it was true that Mr. Fowler would not let police into the house when they arrived without a warrant.  The report by the Officer who arrived first at the scene included no such claim and every subsequent report of interviews with Mr. Fowler show that he was extremely co-operative with the police.

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