Monday, February 8, 2016
Below you will find a link to a quick 5-10 minute survey regarding electronic recoding of interrogations.
This voluntary and anonymous survey is being distributed at the request of the Timothy Cole Exoneration Review Commission (TCERC). The TCERC was created by the 84th Texas Legislature and signed into law June 1, 2015, by Governor Abbott; additional details about the TCERC can be found HERE.
The Commission has been charged with reviewing cases in the State of Texas in which an innocent defendant was convicted of a crime and then, on or after January 1, 2010, was exonerated. The Commission is charged with reviewing practices across the state that might prevent wrongful convictions. The recommendations to the legislature must also include consideration of potential implementation costs, savings, and the impact on the criminal justice system for each potential solution identified through their research.
The purpose of this survey is to gather input from practicing litigators in the field on interrogation recording practices across the state. This will help the Commission have a better understanding of the benefits and challenges that professionals are facing or might have in regards to electronic recording.
We understand you are very busy and greatly appreciate you taking the time to complete this quick survey. Should you have any questions pertaining to the survey, please feel free to contact Alejandra Peña or Terri Peirce with the Texas Office of Court Administration at [email protected] or [email protected].
On behalf of the TCERC, thank you for your time.