Burgum signs 'Andrew's Law' for protecting confidential informants

BISMARCK-North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum signed legislation aimed at protecting confidential informants used by law enforcement Monday, April 24.House Bill 1221 was inspired by the case of Andrew Sadek, a North Dakota State College of Science stude...
New North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum speaks with cabinet members on his first day of office in December at the state Captiol in Bismarck. . Forum News Service file photo

BISMARCK-North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum signed legislation aimed at protecting confidential informants used by law enforcement Monday, April 24.

House Bill 1221 was inspired by the case of Andrew Sadek, a North Dakota State College of Science student who was found dead after working undercover for police to receive a reduced sentence for a drug charge. Although an autopsy was inconclusive, his parents maintain he was murdered due to his work as a confidential informant.

The bill requires law enforcement agencies to execute a written agreement with informants that includes the informant's right to speak with an attorney. Law enforcement agencies must undergo training before using confidential informants and the Peace Officers Standards and Training Board must write rules to "execute reasonable protective measures for a confidential informant."

The attorney general would be required to authorize an independent investigation if a confidential informant dies.

A Sadek family attorney previously said they were "pretty happy" with the final bill.