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Editor: Kevin Cole
Univ. of San Diego School of Law

Thursday, July 15, 2010

"Mel Gibson tapes: Some experts doubt they can be used in court"

The story is in the Los Angeles Times:

Audio recordings in which actor Mel Gibson seems to acknowledge hitting his ex-girlfriend have been making headlines all week. But legal experts say it's highly debatable whether the recordings would be admissible even if the case were to go to criminal court.

Of the audio clips released, the most damaging in a criminal case likely would be an exchange in which Gibson apparently tells Russian model and former girlfriend Oksana Grigorieva she “deserved” to be hit.

But the volatile conversation, in which Gibson also uses derogatory terms for women, Latinos and African Americans, seems to have been recorded without the “Lethal Weapon” star’s permission.

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If Mel Gibson could add Conspiracy Theory to the story of Jezebel he might come up with a new movie called the Secret of Freemasonry. He would at least understand why he is in so much shit.

Posted by: Gary Brett | Jul 16, 2010 10:39:00 AM

Wow I don't think this case will go away easily. I think it would be easy to fake tapes like this.

Posted by: conveyancing stockport | Jul 22, 2010 5:57:31 AM

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