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State Legislative Affairs Update
By Scott Ehlers
SLN News columns.
Recording Custodial Interrogations: 2007 Update
Significant progress has been made in state legislatures and the courts
over the past few years to require the recording of custodial
interrogations. Statutes have been passed or case law decided in 12
jurisdictions to require or encourage custodial interrogations to be
recorded in certain cases. The jurisdictions include: Alaska, the
District of Columbia, Illinois, Iowa, Maine, Massachusetts, Minnesota,
New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, Texas, and Wisconsin.1
In 2007, interrogation recording bills were introduced in 19 states.
Here are some highlights from the state legislatures and courts over the
For the second time in two years, Gov. Schwarzenegger has vetoed
legislation that would require custodial interrogations to be recorded
in California. On Oct. 13 he vetoed SB 511, which would have required
the recording of interrogations of people suspected of committing a
homicide or vi
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