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spoilation

The intentional deletion or alteration of a document used as legal evidence. Since the advent of personal computers, it has become a snap to alter a document without revealing the alteration. If the document remains in the same computer where the alteration took place, or if that computer is available for analysis, an alteration may be uncovered with computer forensics. However, if the altered document is transferred to another machine by a savvy user, who knows how to delete all associated meta-data that might be under the covers, it is impossible to detect the document's previous history. See computer forensics.
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4 The Welsh property is the Italianate village of Portmeirion, Gwynedd, designed and built by the architect Clough Williams-Ellis in the 1920s as a physical protest against the ever-encroaching spoilation of the natural landscape.
A Lament for the Spoilation of Wildwood, North End There is no haunt on Hampstead-heath more rich in native charms Than Wildwood, where the chestnuts lift their gnarled and bony arms, And 'front the limes in serried lines, While, high in air above, The branches blend and shadows lend To bats and whispered love.
Plaintiff alleges negligence; intentional interference with prospective civil action by spoilation of evidence; negligent spoilation of evidence; and waste.
Absent bad-faith conduct, the court stated, "applying a rule of law that results in dismissal on the grounds of spoilation [sic] of evidence is not authorized.
Those have also suffered by the predatory fingers of petty larcenists, who have torn out plates of famous race-horses; but, on the whole, as was remarked just now, these mischievous depredations have been few in number, and the great majority of those who habitually frequent the Melbourne Public Library feel that they possess a proprietary interest in the institution, and that they are under an obligation to protect the contents from spoilation or injury accordingly.