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Was Gionis Trial Recording Altered?

December 09, 1990

I just read the Dec. 5 stories by Dana Parsons ("Witness Box Massacre Not a Pretty Sight") and Jerry Hicks ("Secret Recording Jolts Prosecution in Trial of Dr. Gionis") about the apparent discrediting of prosecution witness Robert Davis in the Gionis trial.

This should not have been such a decisive victory for the defense. Why didn't the prosecution argue that the tape of the interview between Davis and (Dr. Thomas A. Gionis' limo driver, Ray) Ruiz may have been altered? It's entirely possible that the tape presented by the defense may be a copy of an edited original.

If this evidence is as important as the story implies, it may be worthwhile for the prosecution to have an audio specialist examine the tape.

I was under the impression that tape recordings and photographs are not admissible evidence because they are so easily altered.

GORDON RUDD, Woodland Hills

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