Court: 911 Can’t Record Some Outgoing Calls

JAMES L. ROSICA, Associated Press

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — An appellate court says 911 operators can record incoming emergency calls and call-backs to the same number but cannot record outgoing calls to other numbers without consent.

The First District Court of Appeal ruled Thursday in a case reversing an Escambia County man’s aggravated assault conviction.

A mother had called 911 to report a disturbance at her daughter’s house next door. The operator then called the daughter and the call was recorded. The man could be heard threatening to shoot everyone in the house.

The court decided the call could not be used against him. Florida  law requires his consent before the outgoing call was recorded even though it related to another emergency call.

The case is Perdue v. State of Florida , No. 1D10-5496.


Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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