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Monday, November 29, 2004

On the record

Cases in North Carolina and Wisconsin are reviving the debate over whether police should be required to tape interrogations. The Winston-Salem Journal reports coercive and threatening interrogations causing juveniles to confess are leading some to suggest police interviews should be videotaped. The story references the Northwestern University study last year finding strong support for videotaping by 238 agencies in 38 states that do it in felony investigations.

The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reports the Wisconsin Supreme Court is considering requiring police to record interrogations of juveniles. A state task force might recommend the same for other interrogations as well.

In other innocence news, Connecticut public defender is launching a statewide innocence project next year.



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