Professor Jeff Sedlik has decades of experience at the highest level of professional photography including advertising, corporate, editorial and stock. He is a respected and acknowledged authority on photography having served as Past National President of professional photography's leading trade organization, "Advertising Photographers of America". Professor Sedlik is also an experienced Expert Witness.
Bruce E. Koenig is the senior examiner and founder of BEK TEK LLC. He has been involved in the Forensic Analysis of Audio and Video Recordings on a full-time basis since 1974. Mr. Koenig & his associates conduct forensic examinations of audio, video & still images (e.g. JPEG) media to authenticate, improve voice intelligibility, identify/classify voice and non-voice signals, and enhance video & images.
On-Site Evaluations of Acoustical Sounds and Environments
Presents Expert Testimony
Assists Attorneys in Preparing for Cross-Examination of Opposing Experts
Evaluates Appropriate Recording and Analysis Equipment
Provides Forensic Training in Audio/Video Analysis
The formal procedures for the scientific authentication of audio media in investigative matters and legal proceedings have been updated as a result of the widespread conversion from analog to digital technology since the 1990s.
Authenticity examinations of VHS (video home system) cassettes are commonly performed in forensic laboratories and can usually determine whether a submitted recording is original, continuous, and unaltered. One of the important determinations of this analysis is identifying any portions that have been recorded over
James I. Ebert, PhD, is a Certified Photogrammetrist (ASPRS) with over 31 years of experience in the analysis, evaluation, measurement, and mapping of data contained in ground-based and aerial photographs and other images (video, digital, etc.), in all areas of forensic investigations and litigation.
Dr. Ebert has an extensive background in preparing attorneys and their experts with the technical knowledge necessary to interpret and testify concerning Photographic and Mapped Evidence. Spanning all parts of the United States and Canada, he has worked on more than 500 cases of bite marks, injury patterns, accident scene mapping, footprints, fingerprints, tires prints, tire defects, product liability photo analysis, fire/arson evidence, bank/convenience store (with camera and ATM film), police excessive force, historical land claims and other litigation-related Aerial Terrestrial Photographs, and other evidential photographs.
Dr. Ebert is a court-qualified expert consultant in:
Introduction to Environmental Forensics, Second Edition, by Brian L. Murphy (Author, Editor), Robert D. Morrison (Author, Editor). helps readers unravel the complexities of environmental pollution cases. It outlines techniques for identifying the source of a contaminant release, when the release occurred, and the extent of human exposure. Written by leading experts in environmental investigations, the text provides detailed information on chemical "fingerprinting" techniques applicable to ground water, soils, sediments, and air, plus an in-depth look at petroleum hydrocarbons.
Archaeology is founded implicitly on the concept of the site, making a careful distinction between sealed sites—presumed to have complete temporal integrity—and the surface record, which is generally considered to be without chronological resolution. While most American archaeologists focus on reconstructing events and episodes at camps, pueblos, and villages, the authoer questions this distinction. Instead, he characterizes the archaeological record as an accumulation of many human events superimposed upon each other across time and distance.
Ideal Innovations, Inc. (I3) is recognized as an industry leader for biometric examination services, including expert fingerprint identification, latent print identification comparisons, data base system administration, information technologies, Automated Biometric Information System support and biometric data enrollment services.
I3 has supported requests for attorneys (both prosecution and defense), historical photograph examinations, and missing children. They also offer expert witness testimony services regarding comparisons conducted by I3 personnel.
Areas of Expertise:
Latent Print Processing and Examination
DNA Collection and Analysis
Firearms and Toolmark Analysis
Explosives and Drug Chemistry
Document & Media Exploitation (DOMEX)
Case File Management
Lora S. Sims, CTPE currently serves as the Director of the Facial Identification Training and a Biometrics SME. In this position, Ms. Sims coordinates all training classes as well as many other Face related activities within the company and also provides subject matter expertise on Biometrics for contracts and consulting/expert witness work.
Ms. Sims is an IAI Certified Tenprint Examiner and is the current chair of both the Facial Identification Scientific Working Group (FISWG) and the Facial Identification Subcommittee of the Organization of Scientific Area Committees (OSAC) for Forensic Sciences. She also sits on the IAI Facial Identification Subcommittee.
Ms. Sims joined Ideal Innovations, Inc. in 2008 as a Tenprint Examiner at the DoD DFBA, which transitioned into a Sr. Biometric Examiner comparing multiple biometrics (fingerprints, faces, and irises). In this position, she co-authored a training to competency program on facial identification & comparisons and is responsible for mentoring and training new employees through the tenprint and facial training program while integrating them into an operational environment
Steven Lee Johnson joined the I3 Advisory Board after 13 years of service to the company as Senior Vice President. Mr. Johnson is the current Chair of the Forensics Science Standards Board (FSSB) of the Organization of Scientific Area Committees (OSAC), a National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) entity dedicated to strengthening the nation’s use of forensic science by facilitating the development of technically sound forensic science standards and by promoting the adoption of those standards by the forensic science community.
Mr. Johnson served in the past as President and Chair of the IAI, secretary and chair of the IAI Forensic Art Certification Board, past chair of the IAI Science and Practices Committee, chair of the IAI Biometric Information Systems Committee and the chair of the IAI Facial Identification provisional sub-committee. In addition to his affiliation with the IAI, Mr. Johnson is an Associate Member of the International Association of Cranio-Facial Identifiers.
Mr. Johnson worked numerous forensic/biometric support contracts for the Department of Defense (DoD) and was actively involved in the development of DoD forensics and biometric standards. He is an International Association for Identification (IAI) Certified Latent Print Examiner (CLPE) and Forensic Artist. Prior to coming to I3, Steve served 20 years in the law enforcement community providing leadership and expertise in criminal investigation and forensic sciences at the municipal and state levels.
John Afrides Photography is a full-service custom Demonstrative Evidence production firm specializing in litigation support for personal injury, products liability and medical malpractice attorneys. With 32 years' experience exclusively in the legal evidence field, Mr. Afrides has worked closely with both plaintiff and defense attorneys, experts, doctors and engineers and has worked on over 35,000 different cases. Services range from the creation of custom trial exhibits such as medical illustrations to day-in-the-life videos.
“Our full-service facililty and expert team is able to produce anything from huge trial exhibits 40”x100’ to 5x7 prints. Our state-of-the-art equipment enables us to digitize radiologic films at the highest resolution, capturing every nuance. This is especially critical with mammograms where the detection of breast cancer can be subtle.” “We take the evidence and create a concise simplified demonstrative that highlights the key points of the case.” “All work is done in-house” explains Mr. Afrides.
Mr. Afrides has a background in legal evidence photography and has been a Certified Legal Video Specialist (CLVS) since 1995 (through the NCRA). He also specializes in videotaped depositions, day-in-the-lives, settlement videos and discovery and inspections. Other credentials include lecturing at St. John’s University and at the NY State Judge’s Conference. He is frequently requested to provide expert testimony and do presentations in court. These presentations include video, audio, E-film, 3D and TrialDirector/Powerpoint with all equipment provided.
Also specialized in photo documentation of construction defects utilizing blueprints and building diagrams. High accuracy instruments used to record leveling, squareness and tolerances to 64" or smaller.
#1 "Best Demonstrative Evidence Provider" 8 years running NY Law Journal.
David G. Koger is a Remote Sensing Image Analysis expert with over 40 years of experience in the field. He configured and operates a state-of-the-art remote sensing image analysis and geographic information system and consults on various remote sensing applications.
BackgroundExperience - Mr. Koger was an early researcher and developer of Satellite Data Applications. He installed analog and digital image analysis workstations and trained users in defense, major oil, and academia in Panama, Ecuador, Chile, Australia, Germany, France, Italy, Africa and the U.S. His clients include the Department of Energy, National Cancer Institute, American Farm Bureau, broadcast journalism, law firms, and several hundred oil and gas explorationists.
In 2007, Mr. Koger conducted a study to map regional geomorphic features for all of Nebraska. Since that time, ten earthquakes of 3.0 and above on the Richter scale have coincided with features mapped. Using Digital Airborne Platforms, he has studied huge areas around the globe.
In his unique line of work, Mr. Koger has performed forensics film analysis, searched for Noah's Ark, and analyzed images of the Shroud of Turin and the underwater video that found the Titanic.
Litigation Support - Mr. Koger offers Forensic Digital Image Analysis of remotely sensed, aerial photo (digital or film), and underwater video. His services include forensics, time-series studies, and documentation of surface damages, wildfires, material movements. Expert witness strategies and research methodologies are available to attorneys representing plaintiff and defendant.
Year after year, their crops, livestock, equipment, barns, out buildings and fences went up in smoke. With nothing left to sell, they reinvested what money they did have (and borrowed) to replace it all. What they could not do—at any cost—was restore fragile habitats and native grasses, which had been groomed and guarded over for generations.
Coordinate with the Best Accident Reconstruction and Human Factors Experts for Technical Accuracy
PAUL KAYFETZ, INC. frequently helps plan complete technical testing, visibility study, computer simulation and demonstrative evidence strategy - coordinating a group of technical witnesses who are independently retained by counsel. This is requested by many clients because of Mr. Kayfetz' track record, his previous career as an attorney, his extensive contact with top experts from his 40 years experience as an Engineering Photography consultant working with the best forensic witnesses on many of the major cases during those decades, and upon his membership and participation in major engineering societies.
Each year. Mr. Kayfetz helps attorneys win and save hundreds of millions of dollars in verdicts and settlements. This results primarily from his experience and expertise. It also stems from his ability to discover measurements from existing photos. PAUL KAYFETZ, INC are ahead of everyone in their field because they invest in HD cameras costing $250,000 each, six figure computer systems, custom engineering computer programs, and staff engineers - not artists.
A major part of their work is evaluating and keeping out of evidence opponents' forensic photography, computer simulations, or computer animations which do not comply with the rules of evidence. This has swung multi-million dollar results several times in recent years.
The explanation then given is a basic, but little understood, fundamental of the presentation of a visibility study in court. A visibility study depicts what is available to be seen by a person with normal, unimpaired vision under defined conditions similar enough to those at issue to provide relevant information about levels of visibility, lines-of-sight, timing of visibility, and to demonstrate expert witness(es)' opinions.
Jurors jumped as the wild boar in the motorcycle headlights suddenly filled the large screen in front of them.A week later they awarded the motorcyclist several million dollars against Caltrans for not mitigating a chronic wild pig problem on Highway One in Monterey County. The jury found that the motorcyclist had a 0.10 blood alcohol level and was negligent, but that our HD-video visibility study showed that even an unimpaired driver could not have seen the pig in time to avoid it.
The objective of this article is to report on the integration of improved video and related computer technology into existing, long-accepted visibility study preparation and presentation methodologies. The result has been an incremental extension of the types of visual environments which can be reproduced with substantial similarity for admission as visibility evidentiary exhibits in court
Bryan Neumeister, CEO of USA Forensics, is a court certified Audio and Video Forensic Expert. Mr. Neumeister has over 34 years of professional experience Clarifying Videos, Still Pictures (film and digital), and Audio Recordings so that jurors can better see and hear evidence. With studios and forensic equipment more advanced than most Federal Agencies, he is able video to large format still pictures for use as Exemplars.
Mr. Neumeister presents high resolution video in court to explain Procedure or Evidence of Tampering to juries. Using 3D Sonograph and Spectrograph printouts, he can also spot and visually explain the “altering of tapes." His Video Recreations have been honored at the Canne Film Festival and have received 39 Emmy Awards from the National Association of Television Arts and Sciences for Technical Excellence.
Mr. Neumeister has worked on over 200 Forensic Cases since 2010. His non-military court cases include: RICO, Murder, Murder for Hire, Fraud, Robbery, Armed Robbery, Assault with a Deadly Weapon, Arson, Kidnapping, Bank Robbery, DUI, DWI, Civil Cases...etc. He is certified in Military, Federal, State, Civil, and Aviation court.
Large Cases include:
US Government vs. Charles Keating - Retained as Video Expert
State of Arizona vs. Jodi Arias - Retained as Audio and Photography Expert
US Grand Jury: The Hope Steffy Case – Video Expert
US Government vs. Charles Keating III - Retained as Video Expert
US Federal Government vs. State of AZ. - King Case as Video Expert
We've all seen the TV crime shows where the forensic technician opens the grainy surveillance, then zooms in on a tiny face, license plate or scrap of paper, hits the enhance button and, magically, the image becomes sharp and clear (accompanied by appropriate background music).