In the legal world, often times the Attorney is thought of as the Legal Expert above everyone else. The Attorney is the “go to person” for legal advice. And in some instances, anyone else that accepts payment for legal advice other than an attorney properly licensed by the bar could be breaking the law. There are reasons for this, one of which is consumer protection. However, often times the reality is that the investigator that the attorney might be using will often understand the law in his or her particular specialty better than the attorney will. [Read more…]
Often times I am asked if it bothers me that “I help to put criminals back on the street”? I get asked this questions in various forms, sometimes “harshly”, sometimes in intelligent debate and/or conversation. I understand that this question is usually a “non-malicious question”; yet I can’t seem to get over the implications that this question makes about the person asking it….
First; let us consider this question: “does it bother you that you help put criminals back on the street”? When you consider this question carefully you can only assume that the person asking this question believes that the defendant in a criminal case is guilty before he or she has ever had their day in court. The logic of this question is that if I work a case as a Criminal Defense Investigator; for a Defendant that is accused of a crime, I am assisting a guilty person in trying to get away with this crime. So; when you think about the person asking the question, you begin to see a person that does not seem to believe in the presumption of innocence, the concept of “innocent until proven guilty”, and the practice of giving a person accused of a crime due process. [Read more…]
I have been involved in a very interesting discussion, with some of the most knowledgeable Private Investigators of our time. And I thought that remnants of that discussion should be be made available to other P.I.s that may not have had the occasion to participate in this discussion.
First, the discussion centered around what type of shielding a Private Investigator has for his or her work product that he or she may be having to share with the attorney he or she is working with. Most people believe this would fall under Attorney-Client Privilege, but this is not the case. Private Investigators are shielded by what is referred to as “The Work Product Doctrine”, and below are some excerpts from the discussion I participated in that will explain it a little better: [Read more…]
Linux and Windows Running On The Same Computer
(Thanks To VMWare)
Well, it has been a while since I made a post here. I have been hard at work. RMRI, Inc. has made a few enhancements that should serve our clientele well.
First of all, RMRI, Inc. got an office in the city of Columbia, MO. I have had offices outside of my home before and have worked as a home-based business also. When one takes the time and is willing to spend the money to set up a professional office, with a conference room, a forensic laboratory, and a reception area clients are served faster and in greater comfort. This is one of the enhancements that RMRI, Inc. has made.
Second of all, RMRI, Inc. has started working with two other companies to giving us far greater capabilities than we have ever had. Now we are working with Thoth Data Systems and S and D Enterprises which means that we have one of the most knowledgeable computer programmers that I know assisting us with our cyber-investigations, we have several well qualified computer forensic examiners available, and we have access to a level 10 clean room so that we can actually work with hard drives at the platter level. There are very few private companies that have the resources that we have to handle digital forensics investigations.
Third of all, our equipment is second to none. With some of the most powerful computers in the industry, custom made scripts to automate some of the imaging process for a wide variety of digital media, a complete and comprehensive knowledge of Windows and *nix systems, we are able to do more work faster than any other digital forensics company and just as thorough or more so.
We are now able to offer an even wider array of computer services too. Thanks to the cooperation of Thoth Data Systems we can offer custom built Firewalls, PBX Systems, set up state of the art secure servers and networks, off-site backup, and penetration testing and security consulting that is effective. See Thoth Data Systems here: Thoth Data Systems. We are also pleased to be working with S and D Enterprises, one of the hardest working Data Recovery Experts in the business. Through S and D Enterprises we are now able to recovery data from physically “broken” hard drives in a class 10 clean room; meaning we can recovery data that most Forensic Examiners can not even begin to think about recovering on their own and we stand a good chance of even defeating most platter locking schemes. See S and D Enterprises here: S and D Enterprises.
With Thoth Data Systems, S and D Enterprises, and RMRI, Inc. as separate companies all working together to serve the public, there is simply no better option for the consumer.
Ricky B. Gurley.
It has been a while since I have done anything with this blog. Often enough, in a business that stays busy; it can be tough to find the time to blog. However, it seems that Microsoft has made blogging fun again with their new Wave 3 Live Products.
I am going to TRY to keep this blog current, but I won’t make any promises. I stay pretty busy, and I am not complaining at all; but I am saying that if I “slack off” a little, give me a break since I am trying to earn an honest living. [Read more…]