Can something you ask Siri be used as evidence in court against you?

If you’re like us, you probably can’t get Siri to accurately tell you the weather – let alone how/where to hide a dead body. But a screenshot found on the phone of a Florida man on trial for murder shows Siri can answer that question.

Pedro Bravo was charged with murder on September 28, 2012 in connection with the death of his friend Christian Aguilar. Aguilar’s body was found in a shallow grave in a Levy County, Florida forest. He was strangled to death.

According to reports, police confirmed a screenshot found on Bravo’s phone from September 20, 2012 showed Siri had been asked, “I need to hide my roommate.” Siri apparently responded: “What kind of place are you looking for? Swamps. Reservoirs. Metal foundries. Dumps.” During a recent court appearance, Gainesville Police Department Detective Matt Goeckel also said Bravo’s phone flashlight was activated nine times and used for over 48 minutes on that date as well.

Many news outlets picked up this sensational story on Wednesday, and, as it turns out, most of the initial reports were wrong. Bravo and Aguilar were friends – not roommates, as was heavily reported. Furthermore, police clarified Goeckel did not testify Bravo asked Siri where to hide the body. Instead, a photo of such a request was found on his phone.

In a new report, the Miami CBS affiliate WBFS-TV explains how the confusion may have originated. While there was a screenshot on Bravo’s phone of a Siri inquiry, the inquiry did not originate from his phone:

On Tuesday, prosecutors showed a screen grab of Bravo’s iPhone which read “I need to hide my roommate.”

Bravo’s attorney pointed out the screen grab was among hundreds of pictures that were on Bravo’s phone and that the search may not have been initiated by his client.

“This is not evidence that he ever did an inquiry, looking for some information online for needing to hide his roommate,” Bravo’s attorney asked Gainesville police department Det. Matthew Goeckel who had taken the stand.

“Correct,” replied Goeckel.

On radio this morning, Glenn, Pat, and Stu did not have the most up-to-date information when they discussed the story, but the conversation is interesting and pertinent nonetheless. When you consider the power of technology in this day and age, it is incredible to think what kind of evidence could be collected from devices like smart phones and tablets in the future.

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“What’s incredible to me is how people are shocked by this,” Glenn said. “Of course this is what’s happening. Of course they have all of these things.”

When you consider the police were able find the screenshot of the Siri query, track when Bravo’s flashlight was turned on and off, and where/when his phone was active one can only imagine how dangerous such information could be if used for nefarious purposes.

“In this particular case, [it was used] in a good way,” Glenn concluded. “[But] remember, the government is starting to build the case that Tea Partiers are extremists. They’re already saying that’s the most dangerous thing out there – these constitutionalists and these Tea Party people… So we know who the bad guys are going to be in the future. It’s us.”


    With friends like him, who needs enemies?

    • For My Sake

      Or roommates.

  • Karen Endersby Ross

    What is really frightening is if you happen to be totally innocent and are just in the wrong place at the wrong time and you aren’t doing anything nefarious, and your phone makes it look like you are perpetrating evil…

  • Nick Heywood

    What is even more frightening is planted digital evidence and no way, absolutely no way to determine where it came from or who put it there. Not convinced? Check this Hacker Conference out!

  • ken.

    anything can be used against you, whether it was something innocent, had nothing to with what they say it did or even something you never did.

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  • Michael Barton

    So basically the part about Siri is bogus. He had a screen grab on his phone of something funny. I have tons of fat people on my phone that I text to people at times that make sense, like a fat person thumbs up when someone does something good. Or a fat chick in a bikini when I want to ruin someones day. This guy had a photo of Siri doing something funny. If this was used in court it shows how much a stretch the police make to convict people. I feel this ruins their credibility. What else did they stretch to try and get this guy? Honestly, in this day and age, anyone with a brain is going to ditch their phone to hide a dead body. Come on now. We hear about the NSA spying on our calls. Unless this guy is retarded, it doesn’t make sense he would use his phone and have his phone on him when he did all this.

  • jim

    Came across these articles -that may have some relevance !
    The Washington Post
    National Security
    In NSA-intercepted data, those not targeted far outnumber the foreigners who are
    Files provided by Snowden show extent to which ordinary Web users are caught in the net

    -The Latest Snowden Leak Is Devastating to NSA Defenders
    The agency collected and stored intimate chats, photos, and emails belonging to innocent Americans—and secured them so poorly that reporters can now browse them at will.

  • CMP

    Crazy and scary because my daughter did this as a joke when she first got her Iphone, Siri told her to put the body behind subway sandwich shop….

  • Patrick_Gentry

    As long as they have a valid warrant the can search whatever they want.

  • Paul McNaugh

    Here is something creepy. I have a Nexus 5. It is sold by Google. It runs google now launcher (same as siri). I asked ” OK Google, what is your name?” It replies , My name is legion for we are many.

  • Yo Mamma

    I joke with her all the time. More often than not she says she cannot help me. Probably the dumbest feature I have yet to experience on an iphone

  • Yo Mamma

    With ‘IS’ running rampant internationally, why isn’t the story front and center? CNN continue calling them ISIS, but they’re now “IS”

    Twitter is bursting with tweets from these guys, which I believe are often from western countries like America, Britain and Australia. They show many very graphic decapitations on YOUTUBE (run by no other that Goofle) and whats shocking is that there are so many that Goofle has no way of stopping them. This IS militant often boasts about their ‘Ghanima’ or spoils which are women captured for slaves. They even twit how this is justified. From Omars link there are many radicals interconnecting and a few Muslims voicing concerns.

    I know this is off topic, but I wanted to tell you what I have seen and its disturbing in a big way.