DVD Restoration Leads To Rape Conviction

December 14, 2008

US (ChattahBox) – When a rape victim recorded her testimony, she had thought that she was giving the information that was needed to put away the man who attacked her, and get her life back on track with the incident behind her. She hadn’t expected the DVD to become unreadable.

However, over the course of time between the testimony and the trial, the disk became damaged, and while she desperately wanted to testify in court, a judge refused the request due to claims by the defense that her planned statements did not completely coincide with what police remembered her telling them. The decision sent prosecutors in a scramble to restore the only evidence they had against Michael Barnes, a convicted kidnapper who had already done time, and was suspected of raping three separate women.

Luckily, they found out about a data recovery business known as Seagate, and though the DVD was in a medium they don’t usually deal in, they immediately took the position, working tirelessly to restore the testimony and put the man behind bars.

“Our analysis showed there to be damage to the lead-in section of the data, so normal playing software would not be able to get past the beginning of the data,” said Keith Gnagey, Vice President of Seagate.

But after extracting the initial DVD image of it’s data, they were able to restore that damaged section, making it once more intact, and saving the day.

Michael Barnes plead guilty to all three counts of rape on December 5th, and is serving a 24 year sentence.


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