by Charles Fuller
via Free Edgar Steele
EVIDENCE THAT COULD HAVE exonerated Ed Steele was withheld from the jury by the judge. In a pre-trial hearing on the admissibility of evidence, two audio experts testified that the FBI recordings contained numerous audio signatures (aberrations) that strongly indicated the recordings might have been tampered with. One expert, Bennett Walsh, a former New York City detective with years of experience with audio recordings, said flatly the recordings were tampered with.
The other expert, George Papcun, PhD (pictured), an internationally known expert with solid scientific credentials, said there was an unusually high number of electronic transients and other discrepancies which could indicate tampering with the recordings. His reputation is bolstered by his knowledge of â€œvoice morphing,â€ a technology that allows the creation of synthetic speech from digital â€œvoice printsâ€ of the person whose speech they seek to duplicate. It allows the â€œcloningâ€ of a personâ€™s voice, and the ability to have the subject “say” whatever the counterfeiters wish.
According to Robert McAllister, counsel for the defense, arrangements were made to fly Dr. Papcun by private aircraft from a vacation in the south Pacific to Boise to testify on May 4, the last day of the trial. According to McAllister it was possible for him to arrive at the courthouse by 9:00 AM.
However, McAllister reported that the judge ruled that Dr. Papcun would only be allowed to testify if he was in the court room by 8:30 AM. This information can be verified by McAllister.
Ed Steele was denied his right to call witnesses critical to his defense. Is this a demonstration of a â€œfair trial,â€ or is it a lynching? The answer should be obvious to any thinking person.