Lights, Camera, Action: Video Cameras as Tools of Justice

Matthew D. Thurlow, Yale Law School


“Lights, Camera, Action: Video Cameras as Tools of Justice,” breaks new ground in two significant areas and adds depth to the videotaping debate. In section IV, I examine both statutory and locally implemented recording policies. Much of the support for videotaping policies in the academic literature has focused on the role of state courts. I recognize the role of courts in creating videotaping requirements, but I also consider legislative approaches to videotaping and local videotaping policies. These are the most current and possibly the most viable sources of new videotaping rules. Secondly, my article advocates a broader videotaping requirement. I contend that police interrogations in patrol cars, on the street and in suspects’ homes should be recorded in addition to those interviews conducted at station houses.