21 February 2008

Cassettes 101

Avec text & links dès Gothamist:

“Robert Ellis was arrested after the fatal shooting of police officer Russel Timoshenko, who was shot in the face at point blank range during a traffic stop in Prospect-Lefferts Gardens, Brooklyn (Ellis and his passengers are suspected of a "murderous spree" in Brooklyn, Queens, and Nassau County). Five days after being wounded, the 23-year-old Timoshenko died at Kings County Hospital after being taken off life support. Timoshenko was granted the rank of detective posthumously; his partner, Herman Yan, was also wounded during the incident.

In an extremely embarrassing incident for the Brooklyn DA's office, an audio technician taped over a statement made by the cop killer while in custody. The DA's office will now have to rely on a detective's notes taken during that statement and the videotape recorded during a follow-up interview with suspect Robert Ellis. ”

Said "audio technician" must've been born in the 90's, because we all know all cassette tapes are provided with tabs which, when in place, allow tape erasure to be performed.

If the tabs are removed then the tape CANNOT be erased and the Cassette Record Button cannot be depressed and the cop killers statement wouldn't have been deleted.

To protect the A (or 1) side of cassette tape, break off the A side tab with a screwdriver.

Follow same procedure for B (or 2) side.

NOTE: Music tapes you buy from a store (ha!) have these tabs removed to prevent accidental erasure. The tape can be re-recorded or erased, if required, by covering the tab holes with plastic tape.

Brooklyn DA Charles Hynes' office has has come under fire recently for several high-profile blunders. A Daily News editorial suggests his office is in need of "adult supervision."

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