Voice Recording Ignored

Issue 10 and Volume 109.

Voice Recording Ignored A telephone tape recording of a man’s voice reporting what proved to be a false alarm was not admitted as evidence by a New York Police Court Magistrate recently. On July 7, 1956, a man telephoned from a grocery store and reported a fire at a West 120th Street address. When the responding companies found no trace of the fire they called the dispatcher to verify the location. Police and firemen apprehended a man whom the grocer identified as having used the phone a few minutes previous. When arrested by police the man gave the same address as that of the reported fire. When the tape recording of the voice was produced in court, the Magistrate refused to listen to it and dismissed the complaint for lack of evidence.

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