Prosecution by Email

, New York Law Journal

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Thomas M. O'Brien writes: A bedrock requirement of a criminal case in New York has always been that the accuser must swear that his or her accusations are true. Section 100.30 of the Criminal Procedure Law lays out the exclusive methods of verification; all include signing and swearing. Nevertheless, a recent decision by a Queens Criminal Court judge would substitute a new procedure: verification by email.

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