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