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LAPD to Hear 'Tex' Watson Tapes

By March 26, 2013

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The Los Angeles Police Department will be able to take possession of tape recordings of conversations between a Manson Family member and his attorney, a judge has ruled. Judge Richard A. Schell ruled that Charles "Tex" Watson would not be able to keep the tapes away from LAPD detectives.

Detectives want to listen to the tapes to see if there is evidence of other, unknown Manson-related murders.

Watson claims there are no conversations on the tapes about other crimes. He did not object to the LAPD listening to the tapes, but he wanted to block the detectives from taking possession of the tapes because they could then be released to the media.

Waived Attorney-Client Privilege

Watson said there are conversations on the tapes that could cause grief for the families of Manson's known victims.

The tapes came under the authority of a federal bankruptcy court when Watson's former attorney's law firm declared bankruptcy. In May 2012, the bankruptcy judge ruled that the LAPD could get the tapes, but Watson appealed that ruling and received a stay in June.

This week, Judge Schell ruled that Watson waived his right to attorney-client privilege when he allowed his attorney to sell the tapes to an author who planned to write a book.

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