In what may represent the final nail in the coffin containing Paul Ceglia’s ill-fated lawsuit against Facebook and Co-Founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg, U.S. District Court for the Western District of New York Judge Leslie Foschio allowed Facebook to present a forensics report concluding that the contract between Ceglia and Zuckerberg that purportedly awards Ceglia part ownership in the social network was altered.
CNET reported that the report was prepared for Facebook by forensic document examiner and handwriting expert Gus Lesnevich, and Lesnevich found 20 dissimilarities among four images of the contract, all on its first page, indicated that its typeface had been changed and the slant and slope of the letters were different.
Lesnevich also said of a purported signature by Zuckerberg, as reported by CNET:
(It showed evidence of) changes in direction, hesitation, unnatural writing movement, poor line quality, angular writing movements, differences in letter formation and design, and beginning stroke dissimilarities.
CNET also shared an excerpt from Foschio’s opinion:
For example, one of the “slant/slope dissimilarities” Lesnevich observed was that in “the word ‘May’ in the questioned handwritten interlineations … the legs of the letter ‘M’ run parallel to each other on Exhibits Q-1 and Q-2. However, on Exhibits Q-3 and Q-4, the legs of the letter ‘M’ do not run parallel to each other.” With regard to letter spacing or placement on the document, Lesnevich “examined the number ‘2003’ in the questioned handwritten interlineations and found that the space between the numeral ‘2’ and the numeral ‘0’ on Exhibits Q-1 and Q-2 is significantly smaller than the space between the numeral ‘2’ and the numeral ‘0’ on Exhibits Q-3 and Q-4.”
Ceglia’s case was shaky from the start, and momentum has snowballed against him in recent weeks, including yet another lawyer withdrawing from the case, his arrest on mail fraud and wire fraud charges, and an order by Foschio in August that Ceglia produce the “Kasowitz letter,” a letter from one of the nine law firms to quit the Ceglia case, Kasowitz Benson Torres & Friedman, to two other firms that eventually bailed, as well — DLA Piper and Lippes Mathias Wexler Friedman — warning them that Ceglia’s alleged contract with Zuckerberg was a fraud.
Readers: Is the admission of the report by Gus Lesnevich the final nail in Paul Ceglia’s coffin?
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