At the pre-trial stage. The prosecutor will be compelled to disclose the confidential witnesses after your attorney files the appropriate motion with the Court.
CIs are not discoverable in TN normally. Only if material to defense and for drug cases with search warrant, that's almost never. Sorry but other atty is wrong.
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There is no way to really answer this question with the information you provided. It could have been an anonymous call to police or it could have been a CI. It depends on the circumstances.
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