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December 2007 , Page 53 

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State Legislative Affairs Update

By Scott Ehlers

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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 past year.


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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