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U.S. Attorney’s Office
Northern District of Alabama

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, May 22, 2014

Statement From U.S. Attorney Joyce White Vance On DOJ Policy Calling For Electronic Recording Of Individuals In Federal Custody

BIRMINGHAM -- “I have enormous confidence in the integrity of the federal agents with whom we work, but I also recognize that, increasingly, we live in a world where juries expect to see law enforcement make electronic recordings of defendants’ statements at the time of arrest,” said U.S. Attorney Joyce White Vance. “So, I am encouraged by this leap forward for the Department of Justice that will help us record the best evidence of a statement – a defendants’ own words and demeanor -- and allow juries to understand how deeply committed our agents are to carrying out their mission in a professional manner. This new policy will help us side step unwarranted allegations by defendants of agent misconduct and permit us to protect our communities in a fair and just manner.”

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