Senate Approves Changes To Open Discovery Law

The Senate has approved a bill that allows prosecutors to meet with witnesses and --not-- reveal details to defense attorneys in certain circumstances.

Prosecutors are now required before all felony trials 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 Senate voted unanimously for the change yesterday, which would allow limited sharing as long as --no-- new significant details were divulged by a witness.

Prosecutors would --no-- longer have to disclose the name of a confidential informant, unless ordered by a judge. Prosecutors also could withhold the Social Security numbers of witnesses.

Defense attorneys helped write the compromise changes.