Finally the Department of Justice does the right thing and (sort of) requires agents to record all in-custody suspect interrogations. There are still lots of absurd exceptions (only if the interrogation is in a “secured” police building — so if they’re in the car on the way, not obligations — I can see some unscrupulous agents exploiting this), and they only did this because, more often than not, it’s been turning out that jurors don’t believe police or agents when they claim a suspect said this or that, and when there was taping equipment available but the agents didn’t “bother to” record.
So, the bigger benefit really still goes to the government, but it will nevertheless help that certain subset of defendants who are amazed by what the agents’ reports claim they said in interrogation. Better than nothing, yet sad that it could only come about because the government was losing cases, and respect, without it. Most of this is thanks to stupid, unrealistic TV cop shows, but, as a defense lawyer, I’ll take the gain wherever I can find it. Justice will be better served. http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/sns-rt-us-usa-justice-record-20140522,0,899210.story