Florida House: Crime Victims Can Secretly Record Attackers

Florida House: Crime Victims Can Secretly Record Attackers
Posted at 4:07 PM, Mar 18, 2015
and last updated 2015-03-24 10:45:03-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Someone who is raped or assaulted would be allowed to secretly record their attacker under a bill passed by the Florida House.

The House on Wednesday passed the bill sparked by a Florida Supreme Court decision from last year.

The court threw out the life prison sentence of a Lee County man convicted of sexually assaulting his teenage stepdaughter. The girl recorded two conversations using an MP3 player hidden under her shirt.

Justices decided that the Legislature would have to change Florida law for such evidence to be admissible in a trial. The law generally prohibits conversations to be recorded without the consent of both parties.

The bill (HB 7001) would allow recordings to be legal if they captured someone committing an unlawful sex act or act of violence.

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