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Beware of Ransomware

Ransomware is malware that enters your computer and renders all your data useless by virtue of very sophisticated encryption. Then the victim sees a pop-up with with a ransom demand to be paid in bit coin currency. It is very real as I learned last week when the client of firm I do work for was hit by this menace to the tune of $750.00 worth of bit currency. The link below takes you to a very informative NPR piece that will explain the phenomenon far better than I can.

http://www.npr.org/blogs/alltechconsidered/2014/11/18/364730954/how-a-feud-between-two-russian-companies-fueled-a-spam-nation

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Isaiah Fowler Trial Update

The hearing held on Monday Otober 6, 2014 resulted in setting a hearing scheduled for Tuesday November 25, 2014 to a a new trial date. The issue of testing physical evidence continues to be central to the delays.

In the meantime, internet sniping continues and the Calaveras County Sheriff’s Dept. continues to leave its motor idling in the Norman Gresham murder case. In October 25, 2013 article appearing on http://www.mymotherload.com, Sheriff Kuntz was quoted as saying, “When I get back to work on Monday, I am going to get my Homicide Investigators together get a full briefing. If it’s what I’m thinking it’s going to be, we will probably make an arrest next week.” Now more than a year later and the survivor and uncooperative witness Jessica Elder claims to be out touring the country in a 5th wheeler and no arrest has been made. Not a mention in the papers and no one in West Point seems to care either.

In a September radio interview Sheriff Kuntz simply said that he believed his department is on the right track in the Gresham case. Apparently it is not an express line.

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Another hearing in the Leila Fowler case.

We were back in court today for a procedural hearing regarding a future trial date in the Leila Fowler murder case.  The defense attorneys, Steve Plesser and Mark Reichel explain the status of the case in this clip from KCRA TV in Sacramento.  http://www.kcra.com/Brother-of-Leila-Fowler-appears-in-court-for-short-hearing/-/11798090/21271678/-/f143tt/-/index.html#.UfnQFHnqTEU.facebook

Much of the physical evidence has yet to be processed in this case and we have received almost nothing from the work conducted by the F.B.I.  Included in that work is the sketch of a suspect seen near the Fowler’s home on the morning of the murder. 

Things just don’t move as quickly as they do in a 60 minute TV show. 

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Interesting New Case

Much of the time and investigator grinds out the day-to-day work involved in personal injury cases and the like.  Sometimes a really interesting and high-profile case comes in and you just feel the adrenaline start pumping.

That happened yesterday, when I was contacted by Mark Reichel and Steve Plesser of Reichel & Plesser Law (www.reichelplesser.com) to be the investigator in the very tragic stabbing death of 12-year-old Leila Fowler of Valley Springs, California.

For those who have not heard of this case, the violent death of eight year old Leila took place in her home on April 27 of this year.  The only other person at home at the time of her stabbing was her 12-year-old brother.  Her brother called Leila’s father and girlfriend who were attending a Little League baseball game at the time to tell them he saw a man hitting his sister and that he scared the stranger from the house.

When Leila’s father and girlfriend arrived at the house, followed shortly thereafter by the local police, Leila was found still bleeding from 21 stab wounds.  Based an a vague description of the alleged attacker, the area was locked down and search commenced.  The small community situated in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada between Sacramento and Stockton was on high alert.

On Saturday May 10, authorities arrested Leila’s 12-year-old brother and charge him with the murder of his sister.  On Wednesday, May 13, Mark Reichel and Steve Plesser (www.reichelplesser.com) were retained to represent the defendant and I was asked to come on board as their investigator.

This is a very high-profile case, but the nature of my job is no different from it is in any case.  Attorneys don’t like surprises.  Litigation is a minefield of surprises and my job is to clear the mines.  It doesn’t matter if the information I uncover helps or hurts our client’s case.  What matters is that it doesn’t come as mine that Reichel and/or Plesser step on at trial.

This case appears to be a very large minefield and there is a lot of work to be done.

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