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On Jan. 1 of this year, New York’s new criminal discovery laws became effective. The new law, which was then amended in April, intended wholesale changes to the discovery practice, apparently reflecting legislative agreement with People v. Copicotto, 50 N.Y.2d 222, 226 (1980) that “broader pretrial discovery enables the defendant to make a more informed plea decision, minimizes the tactical and often unfair advantage to one side, and increases to some degree the opportunity for an accurate determination of guilt or innocence.” Sponsor’s Memo to Senate Bill S1716 of 1919. Memorandum in Support of A1431 of 1919.

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