Judge stated at trial, that the defense had to have all evidence submitted before the trial started. Since the trial has been over, I am hearing that this is not so.
Rule 16A governs discovery by the State from the Defendant. Section b(1) provides that "upon written request of the attorney for the State, the defendant shall. at least 14 days before the date set for the dispositional conference ... permit the attorney for the state to inspect and copy [anything] within the defendant's possession and control and that the defendant intends to introduce as evidence...."
The state is required to turn over all evidence before trial. It doesn't always happen. When the state fails to turn over evidence it is subject to sanctions that may limit the use of the evidence and, in rare cases, dismissal of the charge.
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