Ceglia v. Zuckerberg et al
DECLARATION re 189 MOTION for Sanctions Memorandum of Law in Support of Motion for Sanctions for Spoliation by Defendants filed by Paul D. Ceglia BY LARRY STEWART. (Boland, Dean)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
WESTERN DISTRICT OF NEW YORK
PAUL D. CEGLIA,
Civil Action No. : 1:10-cv-00569-RJA
MARK ELLIOT ZUCKERBERG, Individually, and
OF LARRY F. STEWART IN
SUPPORT OF MOTION FOR
DEFENDANTS FOR SPOLIATION
LARRY F. STEWART submits this second supplemental declaration in
support of Plaintiff’s Motion for Sanctions against Defendants for Spoliation of
Evidence and hereby declare under penalty of perjury and pursuant to 28 U.S.C.
1746 that the following is true and correct:
I, Larry F. Stewart, make this declaration upon personal knowledge.
I am a retained expert for Paul D. Ceglia in the above captioned case.
I am presently Chief Forensic Scientist and President of Stewart Forensic
Consultants, LLC, San Luis Obispo, California and Washington, DC.
My education includes an Associate of Arts Degree from Florida Technological
University Orlando, Florida in 1976, a Bachelor of Science in Forensic Science
Degree from the University of Central Florida in 1979, and a Master of
Forensic Sciences Degree from Antioch University received in June of 1983.
I have received numerous specialised training courses in the forensic sciences
from 1976 through the present from such institutions as McCrone Research
Institute, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, U.S. Air Force
Office of Special Investigations, U.S. Justice Department, F.B.I. Quantico, U.S.
Secret Service, Perkin-Elmer Corporation, and various private organizations.
My work experience includes Forensic Chemist for the United States Bureau of
Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms; Counterfeit Specialist, Questioned Document
Examiner, Senior Document Examiner/National Expert for the United States
Secret Service; Chief, Questioned Document Branch and Laboratory Director/
Chief Forensic Scientist for the United States Secret Service.
I have also been an instructor or guest speaker in forensic science for
numerous groups and agencies, to include; U.S. Secret Service, Antioch School
of Law, George Washington University, UCLA, Catholic University, U.S.
Department of State, International Law Enforcement Academy, Naval
Criminal Investigative Service and U.S. Air Force.
I have testified as an expert witness in state, federal and military courts of
law, as well as testified or been deposed in foreign court systems to include;
Austria, Australia, Canada, Germany, Sri Lanka and Thailand. I have also
testified at The Hague in the Netherlands and three times before the U.S.
I served the U.S. Government as a forensic scientist for over 25 years and have
been in private practice for over 5 years.
10. My current curriculum vitae is attached as Attachment 1.
11. I have not yet prepared a report in this matter, but following are my
preliminary observations and findings.
12. I was present at the law offices of Harris Beach in Buffalo, NY starting July
16, 2011 through July 19, 2011 observing the work of Facebook’s document
13. I was not allowed to examine the questioned documents during that time.
14. I did, however, observe Facebook’s experts repeatedly exposing the “Work For
Hire” Facebook Contract to high intensity and ultraviolet (UV) lights.
15. At one point during the testing I commented directly to plaintiff’s counsel that
the defendant’s experts were unnecessarily repeating tests and over-exposing
the documents to intense lights and that their actions could cause damage.
16. It is widely known that optical brighteners in paper can fade through exposure
to UV light causing paper to yellow (Attachment 2).
17. Furthermore, certain types of wood and paper compositions “yellow” when
exposed to ultraviolet light (Attachment 3).
18. On July 25, 2011, I was first allowed to examine the Facebook Contract.
19. On that date, I captured multiple images of the Facebook Contract and
immediately noticed an odd yellowing on one side only of both pages.
20. The yellow discoloration/damage evident in the Facebook Contract is, in my
opinion, likely the result of repeated exposure of the document to high
intensity and/or UV lights.
21. Until recently, I was uncertain of when this damage occurred.
22. Upon review of the videotapes made of the examinations by both defendant’s
and plaintiff’s experts, it is evident that the Facebook Contract yellowed
dramatically between the time when the document was provided to the
defendant’s experts and when it was made available to the plaintiff’s experts.
23. In the Buffalo examination video the Facebook Contract can be clearly seen as
visibly white when compared to the much more yellowed six-page StreetFax
Contract (See times 1:14-1:30 on video clip embedded in Memorandum of Law
in Support of Motion for Sanctions for Spoliation).
24. Those images were captured when the documents were being presented to the
defendant’s for testing.
25. At the end of the Buffalo testing the documents were placed in envelopes,
sealed and then signed by both counsel across the seals.
See Exhibit B to
Memorandum of Law in Support of Motion for Sanctions for Spoliation.
26. The Chicago examination was subsequently conducted 6 days later (July 25,
27. Based on the videotape of the Chicago examination, it appears that the
Facebook Contract was presented while still in its sealed and signed condition
(See time :13 on EXHIBIT B to Memorandum of Law in Support of Motion for
Sanctions for Spoliation).
28. This sealed and signed envelope bears the date of “7/19/11,” the date of the
conclusion of the defendant’s forensic testing in Buffalo.
29. This leads to the logical conclusion that the discoloration and deterioration of
the Facebook Contract occurred as a result of the work conducted in Buffalo by
the defendant’s experts.
30. My first physical examination of the Facebook Contract occurred in Chicago on
July 25, 2011.
31. Upon my physical examination of the Facebook Contract, I observed that the
two pages are both 8 ½” X 11”, non-watermarked, “bond-type” paper.
32. I found that the two pages were consistent in coloration and surface texture.
33. Both pages of the Facebook Contract were highly yellowed on the obverse or
face side, only.
34. This was quite noticeable and odd.
35. Although quite yellow on the face side, both pages of the Facebook Contract
were white on the reverse or back side.
36. There are several methods by which a piece of paper of this type can become
37. They include age, heat, contact with chemicals, or exposure to intense or UV
38. Except for intense or UV light exposure, each of the remaining methods
necessarily would have yellowed both sides of the pieces of paper comprising
the Facebook Contract.
39. The fact that the yellowing on the two pages of the Facebook Contract is only
found on one (the face) side is notable and appears consistent with
overexposure of the documents while laying on their back during testing.
40. I observed Facebook’s experts repeating the same tests on the Facebook
Contract numerous times and performing far more testing than would
typically be needed to make proper scientific determinations about the
authenticity of the document.
41. A typical evaluation of documents in my field can involve the use of a machine
called a video spectral comparator.
42. One such model is known as the Foster Freeman VSC4.
43. That is one of the pieces of equipment utilized by the defendant’s experts in
44. A video spectral comparator, e.g. the Foster Freeman VSC4, can aid an
examiner in determining the characteristics of a document by utilizing intense
illumination sources, e.g. UV along with filters.
45. Typically these examinations are done as quickly as possible to limit over
exposure of the document to these intense lights.
46. Facebook’s experts exposed the Facebook Contract repeatedly for long periods
of time to intense and UV lights.
47. It is my understanding that the Foster Freeman VSC4 instrument contains an
ultraviolet light that is above the document as the document is being viewed
inside its closed chamber.
48. This could explain why the two pages of the Facebook Contract are yellowed on
their face sides only.
49. The damage to the Facebook Contract does not appear to be due to heat
exposure since logically if heat was the cause one would expect consistent
damage on both sides of the pages and not just on the face of each page.
50. One of the tests I conducted was a physical examination of the folds in the
pages and the staple holes found on the pages of the Facebook Contract.
51. After those preliminary examinations, I found no reason to suggest page
52. Another test I conducted on the documents was an analysis of the printing
method(s) used to produce the printing found on the two pages of the Facebook
53. Physical analysis resulted in a determination that both pages 1 and 2 of the
Facebook Contract were printed with an office machine that utilized toner, e.g.
a laserjet printer.
54. Following, I conducted a chemical analysis of the toner found on the pages of
the Facebook Contract.
55. Preliminary test results indicate that the toner found on page 1 matches that
found on page 2.
56. The toner was compared against my library of standards and was found to be
consistent with toner from a Hewlett Packard (HP) 1100/3200 series printer.
57. At this point, the toner has not been found to be consistent with any other
toner from my library of standards.
58. The HP 1100 series printer was first introduced to the public in 2001 and they
were discontinued in May of 2005.
59. The HP 3200 series printer was first introduced to the public in 2000 and they
were discontinued in March of 2002.
60. The Facebook Contract bears the date “4/28/03.”
I hereby declare under penalty of perjury and pursuant to 28 U.S.C. 1746
that the following is true and correct:
DATED: November 1, 2011.
/s/ Larry Stewart