August 26, 2013

Jenner & Block Partners Thomas P. Sullivan and Andrew W. Vail helped draft state legislation that requires police to record more interrogations of criminal suspects.  Signed into law on Monday, the measure expands 10-year-old legislation that requires police to record interrogations in homicide investigations.  By 2016, police will have to record interrogations of people suspected in any of eight violent felonies.  Leading proponents of recording police interviews, Tom and Andrew are prolific speakers and authors on the topic.  Tom was present when Illinois Gov. Patrick Quinn signed the legislation and is quoted in the Chicago Tribune saying, “I think (the law) will go a long way toward preventing wrongful convictions.”