Bill Would Require Police to Record Interrogations

There are moments of the two-day police interrogation that led to Christopher Ochoa’s wrongful conviction — which resulted in his spending 12 years in prison before a 2002 exoneration — that will never be known. Not all of the interrogation that preceded Ochoa's false confession to the murder of Pizza Hut employee Nancy DePriest in Austin — and implication of his roommate, Richard Danziger — was recorded.

Some advocates argue that such false confessions could be prevented if police interrogations were recorded. SB 87, by state Sen. Rodney Ellis, D-Houston, would require police to record the questioning of suspects in cases ...

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