Judge William C. Ryan concurred with the District Attorney's office that to release the tapes over to Van Houten and her attorney would go against the penal code limits discovery to only cases with sentences of life without parole or death. Rich Pfieffer, Van Houten's attorney says the exception to the penal code is if it is exculpatory evidence, something he remains adamant about the tapes.
But the Judge Ryan stated, "Even if Van Houten was entitled to the Tex Tapes, “Releasing the tape transcript would add nothing to the record that is not already well know"
"The first 77 pages, there are eight references to a “Leslie,” all made in passing as to who was present at certain events. Watson does talk about in several places how Charles Manson had a powerful influence over him and other members of the Manson family, but that information is also very well know, and to which Van Houten can testify,” Ryan admits.
But Pfeiffer contends that is the very reason the tapes are needed to validate Van Houten's "testimony" about Manson's control without being accused to minimizing her crime.
IF NOTHING NEW, AND NOTHING OLD, WHY REMAIN SO SECRETIVE?
Ryan’s ruling also disputed Deputy District Attorney Donna Lebowitz claims that releasing the tapes would compromise ongoing investigations. But Detective Ryan, of the LAPD stated that is inaccurate as there are no investigations.
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