The designer, John Bradley, a computer-forensics consultant and witness for the prosecution, testified on June 9 that Anthony’s computer visited the Website Sci-spot.com 84 times. But Bradley later found an error in his software, and he alerted the prosecution while the trial was ongoing – though they never notified the court of the possibly exculpatory evidence, reports The New York Times.
Bradley says he emailed and called prosecutors and police in late June with new findings, but they were not presented to the jury. Prosecutors are required to disclose any information that is exculpatory to the defense.
“I gave the police everything they needed to present a new report,” Bradley says, adding that he offered to fly to Orlando to show them in person. “I did the work myself and copied out the entire database in a spreadsheet to make sure there was no issue of accessibility to the data.”
The figure of 84 visits was used extensively by the prosecution to allege that Anthony, 25, murdered her 2-year-old daughter Caylee in 2008. Anthony was acquitted of the crime earlier this month.
“If in fact this is true, and the prosecution concealed this new information, it is more than shame on them. It is outrageous,” says Cheney Mason, one of Anthony’s defense lawyers.
‘Defense Was Completely Aware’
But the State Attorney’s Office in Orlando refutes the defense’s claim that they withheld exculpatory material.
“Court records show that the defense was completely aware of the issues, utilizing these facts at trial,” a statement from the state attorney’s office, released Wednesday morning, reads.
According to the statement, two software programs were used for analyzing Anthony’s computer searches. The results produced by CacheBack returned results of 84 visits, while results produced by Net Analysis returned results of 1 visit to the Website Sci-spot.com. After Bradley alerted the state of his findings, the prosecution and defense convened on June 27 and agreed to use the Net Analysis results in court.
However, according to the state, Bradley later revealed that he sent additional information to an incorrect email address. It did, however, reach prosecutors on July 4. Before the defense could receive the information the following day, the jury had reached its verdict.
“Mr. Bradley never told prosecutors that the searches or the dates and times of the searches were inaccurate,” the statement continues. “The only inaccuracies discussed were the visit counts discrepancy and that each software program (CacheBack & Net Analysis) revealed a different number of total records. Again, all of this information was disclosed to the defense in a timely manner.”
• With reporting by STEVE HELLING