Archive/File: people/l/leuchter.fred/leuchter.01 Last-Modified: 1994/02/15 In testimony at the Zeundel trial in Canada, Leuchter presents himself as a businessman, doing business as an expert in his field. Here he is being questioned by his attorney, Douglas Christie: Q: And what is your relationship with the operation of those facilities [i.e. gas chambers] in those two States [California and North Carolina]? A: We consulted with both States, California primarily on a heart monitoring system to replace the older type mechanical diagraph stethoscope that's presently in use. We will be shipping to them shortly and installing a new heart monitor for both chairs in their gas chamber. Q: You are consulted by the State, I understand? A: Yes, Juan Vasquez. Q: I see. And in North Carolina? A: North Carolina. My discussions and work was with one Nathan Reise, and he had some work done by their maintenance personnel on their gas chamber two years ago, and they had a problem with the gasket on a door leaking. At which point, we discussed it with him and recommended remedial procedures to change the gas chamber. Q: And he consults you in regard to those matters? A: He does. So, here we've seen Leuchter making certain claims about two prisons. Yet when a netter contacted these prisons, and asked them about Leuchter's claims, he was told: "I can inform you, however, that San Quentin has not contracted with Fred A. Leuchter, Jr. for the installation of a heart monitoring system or for any other work." Signed: DANIEL B. Vasquez, Warden "I discussed your request with Mr. Nathan A. RICE, Former Warden, and he stated that he vaguely recalled a telephone conversation between him and a gentleman professing to be an expert on execution chambers. Mr. Rice further state that the gentleman called him for the purpose of selling a lethal injection machine... "Also, our records do not support that Mr. Leuchter performed either consulting or any service...I can attest that the planning and work was performed by the Department of Correction Engineering Section and our institution maintenance department." Signed: Gary T. Dixon, Warden NC In short, Fred Leuchter is a liar, and seems to have purjured himself in the Canadian court. As you can see, it pays to check sources when it comes to this "expert" in gas chambers!
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