Shoddy audio gear strains Norfolk crime cases

Shoddy audio gear strains Norfolk crime cases

Credit: Norfolk Police Dept.

Hassan Harvey

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Associated Press

Posted on November 29, 2013 at 11:45 AM

NORFOLK (AP) -- A recent murder case resurrected a recurring problem plaguing the Norfolk Police Department: shoddy audio equipment.

During the trial of Hassan Harvey a police recording of Harvey was so bad that a transcript was laced with the word "inaudible" at key points.

Despite the problems, Harvey was convicted of killing a tool salesman from Virginia Beach.

During the weeklong trial in November, detectives struggled at times in court to explain exactly what Harvey had said during the March interview. A Circuit Court judge complained to a city detective.

Norfolk police officials say they're trying to fix the problem, but court records show that the department has had problems recording interviews for years.

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Information from: The Virginian-Pilot, http://pilotonline.com

AP-WF-11-29-13 1437GMT

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