Leaked DOJ Memos Shed Light on Discovery Practices!
The three memos, should you care to read them, are:
Last year, the Department of Justice convened a working group to explore the Department’s policies, practices, and training related to criminal case management and discovery. The group is made up of senior prosecutors from throughout the Department and from United States’ Attorney Offices, law enforcement representatives, and information technology professionals.
Today, in response to recommendations from this group, the Deputy Attorney General issued three memoranda regarding criminal discovery practices including a memorandum to all prosecutors containing guidance regarding criminal discovery that prosecutors should follow to help assure that they meet discovery obligations in future cases.
- Issuance of Guidance and Summary of Actions Taken in Response to the Report of the Department of Justice Criminal Discovery andCase Management Working Group
- Requirement for Office Discovery Policies in Criminal Matters
- Guidance for Prosecutors Regarding Criminal Discovery
Links via Sentencing Law & Policy.
UPDATE: Over at the White Collar Crime Prof Blog, Ellen Podgor is critical of the memos.