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Is it legal for police to play back recorded calls to anyone that’s not a prosecutor?

The police department played back recorded calls between me and someone in jail. The calls were played back to someone that I have problems with, and they have nothing to do with why the person in jail is facing charges.


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    Maurice Ross | Barton Barton & Plotkin
    420 Lexington Avenue
    New York, NY 10170
    (973) 896-7190
    Yes. Why not? In New York, if one party consents to the recording, it is legal. Further, everyone is on notice that calls to and from prisoners in jail may be recorded (even lawyer calls are sometimes recorded). Further, this is an effective and reasonable law enforcement technique. The only hesitation I would have arises if the call was between a prisoner and his lawyer-otherwise, I see no bar to this technique by the police.
    Answer Applies to: New York - Replied: 11/10/2014
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