Defense Lawyer Association Eschews Discovery Bill

Some criminal defense lawyers say a proposal filed last week that aims to end wrongful convictions by requiring both prosecutors and defense lawyers to open their files could bring the criminal justice system to a grinding halt and empower prosecutors. The Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association this weekend approved a resolution opposing the legislation.

“The only ones who ought to open their files is the prosecution; they have the burden of proof,” said Bobby Mims, president-elect of the association.

Momentum to pass legislation that requires both district attorneys and defense lawyers to share their files has grown in the wake ...

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