Software Designer: Mistake in Casey Anthony Trial

by | July 19, 2011 at 2:11 PM | Crime

A software designer says there was a mistake made in the Casey Anthony trial.

A software designer who testified at the Casey Anthony trial said Monday a key piece of evidence was inaccurate. The designer, John Bradley, says he alerted the prosecution during the trial.

Bradley is the chief software developer of CacheBack, a program used by cops to verify computer searches. At the murder trial for Anthony’s daughter Caylee, prosecutors cited the program when alleging Anthony searched “chloroform” 84 times. But Bradley says she actually only searched the word once, visiting a site containing information on use of chloroform in the 1800s.

Bradley alerted prosecutors to the error during the trial, but did not get a response. He told The New York Times he was willing to fly from Canada to Orlando with his own money in order to correct the findings.

“I gave the police everything they needed to present a new report,” Mr. Bradley told the paper. “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.”

Bradley testified June 8 about his software and the 84 searches for “chloroform.” He re-wrote a piece of the software after getting suspicious about discrepancies between results from CacheBack and NetAnalysis, a similar program. The rewritten software showed only one search for “chloroform.” Despite repeated requests, he says, prosecutors did not correct the record.

A spokesman for the Orange County Sheriff’s Office told the Times “we’re not going to relive the trial again.”