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Bill would make taping interrogations mandatory in felony cases

The conduct police engage in during interrogations can be incredibly impactful. Among the things it could affect is how likely a suspect is to confess to something they didn’t actually do. So, what police did during an interrogation can be a major issue in criminal cases in which a confession was given. Given this, evidence regarding the details of interrogations can end up being quite important. Defense lawyers can help defendants here in Florida with looking into issues related to interrogations, including issues regarding confessions, in their case.

A recent state bill could have implications regarding what kinds of evidence related to what happened in police interrogations are available in felony cases here in Florida.

The bill would require that police interrogations of individuals charged with a felony crime be taped. Taping of interrogations is currently not required in Florida.

Among the hopes supporters of this bill have is that the bill could help discourage police from engaging in coercive conduct in interrogations and reduce the occurrence of false confessions.

The state’s Senate Criminal Justice Committee recently approved this bill for moving forward. One wonders how the bill will fare in the upcoming steps of the legislative process and if it will, one day, end up becoming law here in Florida.

What impacts do you think this bill, if passed, would have on confessions and criminal cases in Florida? Do you think that requiring interrogation taping would lead to significant changes in police conduct in interrogations in felony cases in the state?

Source: WGCU, “Pair Of Florida Bills Backed By Innocence Project Pass First Senate Committee,” Sascha Cordner, Feb. 21, 2017

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