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article imageProsecutors seek to keep woman's tape from being played aloud

By Brandigal (Donna)     Feb 27, 2007 in Crime
She was kidnapped, murdered and the whole time had a recorder in her pocket turned on. Should the recording be made public?
Michael T. LaSane pleaded guilty to murdering Kathleen Weinstein, 44. But after 8 years, his plea was appealed and overturned when it was found out that his public defender slept with LaSane's mother.
So now 11 years after the murder, he is on trial again for felony murder, kidnapping, robbery and carjacking and is looking at life plus 60 years with no parole for 60 years.
The whole ordeal was recorded by the victim. She had a tiny recorder in her pocket turned on. The courts have a 46 minute tape of the victim begging for her life. Her husband,Paul Weinstein, does not want the tape heard by the public. He never wants their son to have to hear it.
They want the jury to hear it through head sets but the media says all evidence should be made public.
They want the media barred from recording the tape if the judge allows it to be played aloud in the court room.
LaSane abducted Kathleen when she was going to her car. She was grabbed from behind and told he had a gun and forced into her car. She was a special education teacher and she had a small tape recorder hidden in her coat pocket. She is heard offering to drive the teen to see his mother, she spoke to him about God, brainstorming on how to find him another vehicle, suggesting she would help him find a job.
When her body was found 3 days later the tape was also found resulting in the police finding her car hours later infront of LaSanes house.
I think the tape could be heard by the jury via a head set to save the family having to hear it again over and over because the media would play it. There is no reason the media has to hear this.
cgull has different perspective about it here http://www.digitaljournal.com/article/123678
more about the transcripts can be read here. http://www.philly.com/mld/philly/16744796.htm
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/17265372/
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