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Legal Tech Helps Sort Through JFK Files

Legal tech is helping to solve the Kennedy Assassination.

Wait, what? Isn't everybody old enough to pull the trigger in 1963 dead already?

Seriously, the JFK assassination is like the oldest conspiracy case since Elvis didn't die. But new tech is digging it up again, and you can blame the lawyers.

eDiscovery

Researchers are using Logikull, a legal tech tool, to scour the JFK files that were recently released by the National Archives. Already, the ediscovery software is solving mysteries surrounding the assassination.

Joe Patrice, writing for Above the Law, said he found some "evidence of terrifying nutjobs that the FBI looked into in the aftermath of the assassination." Patrice jokes, but he's serious about the legal software.

"The highest profile collection of poorly organized, multi-format documents kicks off a wild search for needles in a haystack and Logikull sees the perfect opportunity to showcase its technology to the mainstream," he wrote.

For customers, the software offers one-step, cloud-based data archiving. With instant archiving, lawyers and support staff can drag information from their desktops to a web application where users can search it.

OCR

Uploaded documents are scanned with optical character recognition, which turns the documents into a searchable format. That's why the conspiracy theorists are using it on the JFK files.

Of course, it is a legitimate research tool for historians, journalists, lawyers and other sleuths. So there must be some kind of smoking gun in the JFK files.

The Washington Post, for example, cited an interesting tidbit about the deposition of Richard Helms. He was director of the Central Intelligence Agency in the years that followed the assassination, and denied that Lee Harvey Oswald was a CIA agent.

The newspaper pointed out that the deposition was declassified in 1994. It just took time for ediscovery to make it more searchable.

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