United States v. Gonzales-Benitez
United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
537 F.2d 1051 (1976)
Aida Gonzales-Benitez and Ambrosio Hernandez-Coronel (defendants) were charged with distribution of heroin. Law enforcement officials recorded conversations with the defendants that tended to inculpate them in the crime. The prosecution called those officials and they testified as to what the defendants said in the recorded conversations. The prosecution did not admit the tapes themselves into evidence. The defendants objected to the testimony, claiming that the tapes themselves were the best evidence of the conversations. The trial court overruled the objection and convicted the defendants. They appealed.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Kennedy, J.)
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