So said Chesapeake assistant public defender Matthew Taylor, as quoted in an article today. It seems Virginia, unlike other states, doesn’t share with defense attorneys certain information, including police reports.
Perhaps they need to do an episode of Law & Order using Virginia’s discovery rules.
But that may be changing.
Over the objections of prosecutors, the Virginia State Bar’s Indigent Defense Task Force asked the state’s Supreme Court earlier this year to overhaul its policies governing discovery – the formal process by which the defense and prosecution exchange information.
Not being a lawyer, I have no idea how this is going to play out. But it does seem to me that trial-by-ambush isn’t justice.