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When is a ball point pen a “recording device”?

That was the most interesting question to come out of a story at the Post & Email blog in an article by Sharon Rondeau yesterday.

imageThe story goes that Monroe County, Tennessee, Sheriff’s Deputy Bennie Byrum testified that there is a sign outside on the door of the Madisonville courthouse prohibiting recorders. The testimony was given in an action against George Raudenbush, who was charged with carrying a recording device into the court. The Post & Email shows pictures of two signs that do not mention recorders and claims that there is no sign that does. Rondeau is yelling “subornation of perjury.” This testimony (it appears) was given while Walter Fitzpatrick III was away putting his own recorder back in his car.

The bizarre part is this from Fitzpatrick’s comment about Raudenbush’s recorder:

Fitzpatrick has told The Post & Email that the “recorder” was not a recording device, but rather, a ballpoint pen.  The Mont Blanc pen, a birthday present to Raudenbush, was confiscated and has not been returned.

One wonders if the pen looked like this Mont Blanc styled digital voice recorder (click image for details).

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In a remarkable coincidence, the digital voice recorder I ordered arrived just today. Mine is not disguised as anything. I got it to record shortwave radio broadcasts.

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7 Responses to When is a ball point pen a “recording device”?

  1. avatar
    Dave August 26, 2011 at 9:20 pm #

    The part of this story I really couldn’t figure out was where Fitzgerald seemed convinced that this testimony againt Raudenbush was somehow a nefarious plot to put Fitzgerald back in jail.

  2. avatar
    Sean August 27, 2011 at 3:20 am #

    I was a little confused. Can’t there be an unposted courtroom rule about no recorders?

  3. avatar
    US Citizen August 27, 2011 at 4:54 am #

    Dave:
    The part of this story I really couldn’t figure out was where Fitzgerald seemed convinced that this testimony againt Raudenbush was somehow a nefarious plot to put Fitzgerald back in jail.

    Everything Fitzpatrick sees is a plot against him.

    What I wonder is if there’s no sign banning recording devices, why did they try and sneak in a disguised one?

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    Reality Check August 27, 2011 at 10:56 am #

    I see they have one that shoots HD video too.

  5. avatar
    Majority Will August 27, 2011 at 11:39 am #

    Just wait until he finds out that the coins in his pocket have tracking devices. 😉

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    SueDB August 30, 2011 at 3:25 am #

    It’s those RF tags like the casinos use in the chips. They (the always nefarious “they”) developed one type of coin just so they can track Wally (or so his ego would like to think so).

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    Majority Will August 30, 2011 at 8:27 am #

    SueDB:
    It’s those RF tags like the casinos use in the chips.They (the always nefarious “they”) developed one type of coin just so they can track Wally (or so his ego would like to think so).

    “The government (Big Brother) is spying on me” is to be a common meme among the paranoid, self absorbed conspiracy theorists.”