In their article, Two Models of Pre-Plea Discovery in Criminal Cases: An Empirical Comparison, Professors Turner and Redlich ostensibly compare North Carolina’s “open-file” criminal discovery with Virginia’s “closed-file” discovery. Based on their survey results, they conclude that open-file discovery is “a better guarantor of informed decisions and efficient process in criminal cases.” While we appreciate the authors’ justifiable concerns about the relative reliability of criminal convictions between Virginia and North Carolina, we must disagree with their methodology and, as a result, many of their conclusions. Rather than refute line-by-line, I will make a few brief general comments on behalf of Virginia’s prosecutors.
Virginia Prosecutors’ Response to Two Models of Pre-Plea Discovery in Criminal Cases: An Empirical Comparison
Michael R. Doucette
October 3, 2016