March 01, 2018 Feature

Incomplete Completeness

Hon. Paul W. Grimm

Imagine this situation: Federal law enforcement agents are investigating a gang-related homicide in Maryland. They interview a suspect; we’ll call him Adams. One agent asks the questions; another takes notes. The interview is not audio or video recorded. This is standard procedure at certain federal law enforcement agencies. The interview focuses on the weapon used to kill the victim, which has been recovered. Adams is asked if he knows anything about the weapon, and the agent’s interview notes reflect the following:

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