In the 1982 movie The Verdict (and, possibly, in the original novel as well), the respondent's lawyer cites "McGee v State of Indiana, United States 131.2" (at 1:57:10):

The admission of a duplicate document in preference to an existing original must presuppose the possibility of alteration so must be disallowed.

Is that case a complete fiction, or is it just that I can't find it?

Did the cited admissibility rule ever exist?

Would something like what happened in the movie happen today i.e. where a witness produces a copy of a document they made, and testifies that the original of it (already adduced to evidence) was tampered with after making the copy, would the copy still be inadmissible?



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