I work in a academic lab and there have been some issues between lab group members which have arose in the past year or so. When discussing the issues in front of the group and boss, the person causing the issues is not truthful and alters the description to save face. In discussions where the boss is not present, as well as not having anyone "above them" present in the conversation, the person causing issues is more aggressive and authoritative. In case the issues escalate, I would like to have voice recordings of such conversations I have with that person to prove their aggression and lack of compassion or compromise.
Under Oregon law, it is a crime to record an in-person conversation unless all participants are aware of the recording. (It is legal to record a telephone conversation as long as at least one participant in the conversation knows of the recording. So you can make audio recordings of your own telephone calls, but not of third parties.') I have several times seen people play recorded conversations in court. It rarely goes as well for them as they think it will. Something about the act of trying to get someone else to say something incriminating makes most people rather clumsy and foolish.
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