Discovery is exchanged these days digitally.
Many times discovery includes videos, text messages, audio messages, and basically information that is best viewed on a computer or Ipad.
Lately there have been discussions and complaints that private attorneys cannot bring an electronic device into the jail to review discovery.
An attorney who is not a PD and wants to bring an electronic device into a Miami-Dade detention facility needs, in no particular order, a written order from the judge, permission from the Attorney General of the United States, permission from the President Pro Tempore of the Senate, the Pope "or a designated official designed to act in his Holiness's stead". Other than that, it's a snap.
This policy was the result of intensive negotiations between FACDL and the department of corrections circa 2011.
Want to bring a grenade launched into a jail? Sure, no problem as long as it's not loaded.
Thermonuclear weapon? Ditto.
Ipdad? UHHO! Danger WIll Robinson! No way are you bringing an Ipad into this facility without the approval of the UN, the Pope, et.al, see above.
Uhhh...because...an IPad can hide a file and hacksaw? An IPad could be used to send a text message to Al Quidah ...because an Ipad could be used to show part of the latest Avengers movie, because that's how most attorneys want to spend their evenings; watching Avengers End Game with their clients in the Metro West visitation rooms. (Popcorn extra).
This is the link for the prior negotiated settlement.
Perhaps it's time for a review and update?
A little known fact is that the settlement and agreement on conditions to bring an electronic device into the jail was dead in the water until Benjamin Netanyahu and the head of the PLO interceded and used their good offices to negotiate a settlement. The cannot decide on resolving the West Bank issue, but they could resolve the electronics issue with the Miami jails. Go figure.
Electronics into the jails is Miami's West Bank issue. Maybe we need Jimmy Carter to bring the parties to Camp David. (If you're under the age of 40 you have no idea what this refers to, do you?).
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