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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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