Re: Allowed in a Police Investigation
Actually, that is numbers 1-4. lol. But, 1, 3, and 4 all have basically the same answer. As far as whether anything she said after she asked to consult with an attorney is going to be admissible...From your description of events, that is going to be a close call and a decision is going to be extremely fact based. Meaning, it is going to depend heavily on the cop's specific wording, your sisters wording, even things like where they were standing, who else was present, and other things. It is possible that her admission will be ruled inadmissible. That could be why the cops haven't searched for the stolen property. They may have applied for the warrant and a judge ruled the admission improperly obtained and denied the warrant. But, it could go the other way, too. Like I say, it will be a very legally technically specific argument in court.
Can they record? I believe KY is a one-party consent state. If I am right in that, then, yes they can record without her knowledge. If I am wrong, then she would have to know she was being recorded for the recording to be admissible. Note that I said she has to KNOW, that does not mean she has to give permission.
Is it allowed for some random person to make statements on facebook? Sure...and that person can give any information your sis provides to the cops and it would be admissible against her. Could the investigation be "thrown out" because of this? Absolutely not. Yes, this would be something you want to share with her lawyer. There are any number of ways that this person could have knowledge of the case...for example the person could be a witness, a victim, or even an accomplice. No, it is not any form of harassment.
Behind the badge is a person. Behind the person is an ego. This is as it should be, person at the center and ego to the back.