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Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Courts - "DOJ reverses no-recording policy for interrogations"

Dennis Wagner reported May 21st in the Arizona Republic in a long story that begins:

Since the FBI began under President Theodore Roosevelt in 1908, agents have not only shunned the use of tape recorders, they've been prohibited by policy from making audio records of statements by criminal suspects without special approval.

Now, after more than a century, the U.S. Department of Justice quietly has reversed that directive by issuing orders May 12 that audio recording, preferably with video, is presumptively required for interrogations of suspects in custody, with some exceptions.

There was no news release or news conference to announce the radical shift. But a DOJ memorandum obtained by The Arizona Republic spells out the changes that will begin July 11.

The Huffington Post has posted a copy of the new policy.

Indiana
changed its policy in 2009. See this Sept. 23, 2009 ILB post headed "State raising the bar on taped interrogations: Recently adopted rule is among the most stringent in the U.S."

Posted by Marcia Oddi on May 27, 2014 11:57 AM
Posted to Courts in general