ShotSpotter Admissibility Challenged in Court

By IPVM Team, Published Aug 02, 2022, 10:14am EDT (Info+)

ShotSpotter is being held in "friendly" contempt by an Illinois court over its refusal to turn over information to public defenders, who want to hold a Frye hearing to set a legal precedent on whether ShotSpotter's methods are scientifically valid and admissible in court.

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In this post, IPVM examines the request for ShotSpotter information, ShotSpotter's response to IPVM about their refusal to share, and the implications for future legal challenges involving ShotSpotter technology.

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***** *** **** **** ********* ***** able ** ** **** ** ******** if **** *****'* *** *** ** these **** ********. **** **** *** them ** ***** ******? ** ** done ** * *****-**-***** *****?

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******, *********** **** **** * **** hearing ** ******** **********, **** ** it's *** ** **** ****. * Frye ******* (** * ******* **** of *******) ** **** ** * state-by-state ***** ***. *** **** ** any **** **** **** ** ***** states *** ***********.

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*** * **** ******* *** ***** interesting ***********:***** *. ******, *** *.*.** *** | ******** ****** + *******

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*** **** *** *** *********** **** as * ********* **** ** **** the *** ****** **** *** ***** proactive **** ***** *** **** *** high ****.

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