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Old June 28th, 2010 #474
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Yes, there is that rule, but, it gets fuzzy when in practical use. Years ago, I was in court and my opponent introduced a transcript of a phone conversation critical to their case. I objected and asked the judge to disallow the transcript and allow ONLY the tape itself and that we should all have a listen right there in open court. The judge *claimed* he did not have tape player handy, and, just asked my opponent if they would confirm that their transcript was an accurate depiction of the tape - my opponent answered "yes", and the transcript was allowed as evidence. Sure, I had an appeal by that ruling, but, as it turned out, I won the case anyway so I had no need to pursue it. It did teach me an important lesson, though - courts don't always follow their own rules and you be the fool who puts your destiny in the hopes that they will.