Pro Se Help — Record, Record, Record


One of the many challenges in battling government corruption and judicial corruption is that we are dealing with pathological liars.

My experience as a pro se party is that I get cheated by liars at every turn. 

Since I have started recording various “events,” I have some powerful evidence.


Georgia allows me to record conversations as long as I am a party and consent, so I’ve got my recorders operating whenever and wherever I can get incriminating evidence or proof of lies.

If your state allows secret recording with only one party’s consent (you), it seems to me that recording should be very important to you.  Make sure it’s legal in your state before you record anything.

Once I get recordings, I keep them secret until I need them.  I don’t want the liars to be able to hear what I have on them.  And remember: the fear that you have a recording is probably even more valuable than actually having a recording. 

I have written this article previously, but now that i am doing a series of articles on “Pro Se Help, I wanted this to be included.  This is a very valuable tip that several people gave me, and I am VERY thankful to them.

Here is a Report from the Reporters Committee on Freedom of the Press:

Federal law allows recording of phone calls and other electronic communications with the consent of at least one party to the call.

A majority of the states and territories have adopted wiretapping statutes based on the federal law, although most also have extended the law to cover in-person conversations. 

Thirty-eight states and the District of Columbia permit individuals to record conversations to which they are a party without informing the other parties that they are doing so.  These laws are referred to as “one-party consent” statutes, and as long as you are a party to the conversation, it is legal for you to record it. (Nevada also has a one-party consent statute, but the state Supreme Court has interpreted it as an all-party rule.)

Twelve states require, under most circumstances, the consent of all parties to a conversation. Those jurisdictions are California, Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania and Washington. Be aware that you will sometimes hear these referred to inaccurately as “two-party consent” laws. If there are more than two people involved in the conversation, all must consent to the taping.

Regardless of the state, it is almost always illegal to record a conversation to which you are not a party, do not have consent to tape, and could not naturally overhear.

Federal law and most state laws also make it illegal to disclose the contents of an illegally intercepted call or communication.

Here is a state-by-state report. 

CHECK YOUR STATE’S CURRENT LAWS as this report is from 2006.

Attribution: Reporters Committee on Freedom of the Press

Recording Equipment has a great selection of spy recorders.

I like (and have) the keychain recorder.  The Flash Drive also looks good.

But the best is probably already in your hand — your cell phone.  Seeing someone carrying their cell phone is just as natural as can be — they are almost invisible.  The iPhone has an app called “Voice Memos.”  Just press the red button to record.  I just sit the phone on the table right in front of me.  Cell phones are accepted at courthouse scanning stations.

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William M. Windsor

 I, William M. Windsor, am not an attorney.  This website expresses my OPINIONS.   The comments of visitors or guest authors to the website are their opinions and do not therefore reflect my opinions.  This website does not provide legal advice.  I do not give legal advice.  I do not practice law.  This website is to expose government corruption, law enforcement corruption, political corruption, and judicial corruption. Whatever this website says about the law is presented in the context of how I or others perceive the applicability of the law to a set of circumstances if I (or some other author) was in the circumstances under the conditions discussed.  Despite of my concerns about lawyers in general, I suggest that anyone with legal questions consult an attorney for an answer, particularly after reading anything on this website.  The law is a gray area at best.  Please read our Legal Notice and Terms.

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