04/04/2010 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Google Street View Catches Alleged Tree Killer

Back in the day, all you needed to break open a court case was some modicum of logical argumentation, and Gregory Peck's voice. Fast forward to 2010. Exit Atticus Finch, and enter Google's Street View.

As Wired reports, Margaret Burnyeat, of Vancouver, Canada, was charged last year with the illegal removal of trees, after allegedly hiring a company to chop down some 23 cedar, cypress and evergreen trees from her property. Police had found evidence of a few stumps in her frontyard, but Burnyeat's goose wasn't cooked until someone happened to take a gander at Google.