Bill Expands Criminal-Defense Access to State's Evidence

, Texas Lawyer


On April 11 the Texas Senate unanimously passed Senate Bill 1611, also called the Michael Morton Act, a rewrite of the state's criminal-discovery statute. "Our criminal discovery process in Texas needs serious reform," said bill author Sen. Rodney Ellis, D-Houston, on the Senate floor.

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  • Deborah B.

    It's about time. I've long felt that criminal discovery left a lot to be desired! This new law will go a long way to ensure that exculpatory and mitigating evidence known to prosecutors is shared with criminal defense attorneys.

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