Short Study File #64
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Art 32 testimony of [Robert] Shaw on 07/23/70
cabinet for the purpose of laboratory examination, did those four pieces of wood resemble in terms of their condition as to weathering G-79 or did they resemble G-86?
CPT THOMPSON: Now I object to that question. It is completely irrelevant.
MR. SEGAL: The question, apparently afoot here, there is some connection found on the outside and on the inside, and we are entitled to find out whether in fact any of the wood on the inside appeared to this investigating officer to have weathered in the same fashion. In the alternative, of course, would be now if the government would have made the wood available we wouldn't have to ask an opinion of a witness who has no special knowledge in this area.
CPT BEALE: The objection is overruled.
Q What is your answer, sir?
A In respect to weathering only, they appeared to have been weathered more like Exhibit G-86 than G-79.
Q Does G-79 appear to have a number of linear cracks running with the grain in it? What is your answer?
A Was that a question?
Q Yes, does G-79 appear to you to have cracks running with its grain?
A Yes, sir, it does.
Q Have you ever observed a piece of wood in your common experience which has been exposed to the rain and weather and then dried?
A Yes, I have.
Q Does it appear in some way to have a bearing in the terms of developing similar cracks which you see in G-79?
A I think so.
Q I beg your pardon?
A I think so.
Q Now when you first entered the MacDonald house you made certain visual observations of the living room, I believe you told us earlier. Is that right?