A view of a sign on the exterior of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon in The Hague, The Netherlands, January 16, 2014. (REUTERS/Toussaint Kluiters/United Photos)
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The challenges facing the Special Tribunal for Lebanon regarding the attribution of cellphone evidence were reinforced Wednesday, as defense teams and the prosecution witness wrangled over the cultural and technical elements involved in attributing cell phone usage via SMS messages.The defense noted that frequently the examined messages were signed off by, or addressed to, different people.The court faced a significant cultural hurdle in that some of the names mentioned in the SMS messages might have been nicknames for the same person, but the prosecution witness was unable to unequivocally address this.Donaldson noted that it is uncommon to sign off SMS messages when sent from one's own phone – this is more likely to be done by someone borrowing the phone.
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