This month Palo Alto police officers Aaron Sunseri and Con Maloney received the “Case of the Year” award from the International High Technology Crime Investigation Association, for their use of cell phone evidence in investigating a local murder. Several others who worked on the case were also honored. In February, Bulos Zumot was convicted of first degree murder, in large part because of the cell phone evidence.
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Tekla S. Perry is a senior editor at IEEE Spectrum. Based in Palo Alto, Calif., she's been covering the people, companies, and technology that make Silicon Valley a special place for more than 40 years. An IEEE member, she holds a bachelor's degree in journalism from Michigan State University.