Defendant wins breathalyzer source code

From: Charlie Strauss <cems_at_earthlink_dot_net>
Date: Sun Aug 12 2007 - 08:33:06 CDT

During a court hearing on charges of third-degree DUI, the defendant
asked for a copy of the "complete computer source code for the
(breathalizer) currently in use in the state of Minnesota." An
article in the Pioneer Press quoted his attorney, Jeffrey Sheridan,
as saying the source code was necessary because otherwise "for all we
know, it's a random number generator."

This request has now been granted.

This is the second time a court has said a defendant could not be
tried using secret source code Brethalizer derived evidence.

This bodes well as a precedent for voting systems.

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