|Posted by Cody Benson on September 15, 2011 at 12:45 PM|
On September 7th, the Washington Supreme Court rejected a proposed court rule - CrR 4.11 - which would have given attorneys the power to record pre-trial witness interviews against the wishes of the witness. When this rule has been presented in the past, the court had sent it back to the bar association, who proposed the rule, for revisions. This time the court rejected the rule without requesting further revisions.
Congratulations to everyone who signed the petition, wrote letters, or sent comments to the court regarding the negative impact that such a rule would have on the participation, dignity, and respect of victims and witnesses.