FBI Reverses Policy, Will Begin Recording Suspect Interviews

A new Justice Department directive requires agents from the FBI and other law enforcement agencies to record interviews with suspects in custody, Attorney General Eric Holder said Thursday. The policy, which will take effect on July 11, is a departure from the age-old policy of agents taking handwritten notes and producing a summary report of the interview. The change will please many civil rights groups and defense lawyers, who have long argued that a lack of recordings leads to ambiguous evidence.

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