Thursday, January 17, 2013

On the need for more discovery in criminal cases in Virginia

The Washington Post had this recent editorial, which concluded that Virginia law should be changed to allow for wider rights of discovery for defendants in criminal cases.

It says in part: "A proposal by Virginia defense lawyers would compel prosecutors to grant defendants and their attorneys readier access to police reports following indictments, including witness statements in the aftermath of alleged crimes. That seems reasonable, provided that prosecutors are able to withhold the identity of certain witnesses out of concern for their safety."

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