Leonard Lopate Show: Unmasking New York State's 'Blindfold Law'
TUESDAY, JUNE 27, 2017

John Schoeffel and Peter Mitchell joined Leonard Lopate last week for a discussion on reforming New York’s antiquated criminal discovery statute.

Leonard Lopate Show
Unmasking New York State's 'Blindfold Law'
June 22, 2017

John Schoeffel, staff attorney for the Legal Aid Society's Special Litigation Unit, and Peter Mitchell, its director of training, join us to discuss New York State’s "blindfold law." The law allows prosecutors in criminal cases to withhold police reports or witness statements from the defense until the day of the trial. This means defendants often do not receive evidence that would normally be shared in civil cases ahead of the trial. Additionally, the law does not give a person charged with a crime the right to learn who is accusing them.