[ISN] Murder retrial ordered after court records destroyed by virus

From: InfoSec News <alerts_at_private>
Date: Wed, 4 Jan 2012 02:31:44 -0600 (CST)

By John E Dunn
03 January 2012

A convicted murderer has been granted a retrial after a stenographer’s 
backup record of his trial was apparently destroyed by a malware 

The possibly unique sequence of events came to a head when Randy 
Chaviano, 26, appealed against his 2009 conviction in a Florida court 
for shooting Charles Acosta during an alleged drug deal.

When the Appeal Court discovered that almost no records of the trial 
still existed, the judge the struck down the conviction and ordered a 

According to Florida press sources, the stenographer tasked to record 
the trial had deleted primary records held on a ‘memory disc’ used in 
the stenography process before the electronic backup made to a PC was 
also destroyed after an unspecified malware infection.


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