If you represent yourself, does the prosecution have to give you the evidence that they would give your attorney? I.e. reports
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I agree 100% with Macy. Also, do not represent yourself. That is a terrible idea. If you do not like or do not trust your lawyer, you can always hire a new one. Good luck.
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Nope. You can see it but not have copies. The applicable law is Article 39.14(d) of the Texas Code of Criminal Procedure.... but see also the last phrase of (f) Read it here: https://statutes.capitol.texas.gov/Docs/CR/htm/CR.39.htm#39.14
You could, however, make an independent request (pursuant to the Texas Public Information Act) for copies of the report and videos. You would make this request directly to the law enforcement agency. They will PROBABLY deny the request based on the fact the requested information relates to a current case but SOMETIMES the people who respond to PIA requests don't bother to check. They are public documents and it is law enforcement's choice where or not to exercise the disclosure exception that allows them to withhold after a proper PIA request. Evidence obtained under PIA is not subject to the usage restrictions of 39.14, even if it is duplicative.
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No. If you represent yourself the DA can only do what your defense attorney is doing--show you redacted copies of the discovery.
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