Prosecutors, Defense Attorneys Support Changes To Discovery Law

Prosecutors and defense attorneys are finding common ground on changes to a 2004 law that governs the sharing of certain information.

A proposal passed by a Senate committee would allow prosecutors to meet with witnesses and --not-- reveal details to defense attorneys in certain circumstances.

Prosecutors are now required to provide the accused with any notes or recordings from meetings with witnesses. District attorneys say that's difficult because it can apply even to a quick chat with a witness.

The proposed change would allow the limited sharing as long as --no-- new significant details were divulged by a witness.

Defense attorney Joseph B. Cheshire the Fifth helped negotiate the compromise. He says it's a reasonable solution to prosecutors' concerns.