Opinion Letter No. 90-18
May 18, 1990
Video-Taped Confession in Homicide Investigation
A video-taped confession of the wife of a murdered
legislator is not required to be available for public
inspection and copying. Public access to the confession during the
investigation would frustrate the
investigative function of the police department by prematurely revealing
the government's evidence.
Public disclosure before a criminal trial could deprive the defendant
of the right to a fair trial. Public
disclosure following the termination of enforcement proceedings
would frustrate the ability of the police
to obtain incriminating information.