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Definition Of Obstructing A Telephone Line Or Apparatus
The prosecution must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the defendant tampered with a telephone instrument in such a way as to preclude its use for receiving or placing calls.
Points and Authorities
See People v. Tafoya (2001) 89 CA4th 1251, 1258-59 [107 CR2d 876] [removal of batteries from cordless phone to prevent use supported conviction for obstructing phone line or appurtenances connected therewith (PC 591)]; see also People v. McElroy (2005) 126 CA4th 874; People v. Kreiling (68) 259 CA2d 699, 704 [66 CR 582].