Proposal for Criminal Discovery Reform in New York

, New York Law Journal

Steven Banks, attorney-in-chief of The Legal Aid Society, Seymour W. James Jr., the attorney-in-charge of the society's criminal defense practice, and John Schoeffel, an attorney with the society's special litigation unit, write: Large states with big cities that ordinarily are considered akin to New York - including California, Florida, Illinois, Massachusetts, Michigan and New Jersey - have utilized broad criminal discovery provisions for years. It is high time for New York to rectify its antiquated criminal discovery statute and join them.

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