If some early bird can give us an update on the 7:15 hearing before Judge David Miller (sponsored by Starbucks!) on the court reporter case, we would appreciate it.
The comments on the court reporter case have mostly been about the viability of depositions.
Here is what we wrote:
The States that don't have depos, have preliminary hearings. A Preliminary hearing would be easier for defense attorneys because we wouldn't spend two months fighting to get the cops to show up. The Court and the Prosecutor would do all the work.
If you do away with depos, you are adding a layer of bureaucracy- a Judge, a court reporter, a courtroom, a bailiff, a clerk- to the discovery process. Not to mention the support staff from the prosecutors office to get it all lined up. It doesn't sound cheaper to us.
Mr. Abe Laeser wrote in to support the veiw that depositions assist prosecutors in evaluating their case. Former Justice Kogan of the Florida Supreme Court (who was a former prosecutor and trial Judge in Miami Dade) wrote as a Supreme Court Justice of the benefits Mr. Laeser mentions to prosecutors in evaluating their case through the deposition process.
So, whither depositions?
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