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November 2012 , Page 51 

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Book Reviews: Federal Criminal Discovery

By Ellen C. Brotman

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Federal Criminal Discovery

By Robert M. Cary, Craig D. Singer and Simon A. Latcovich
ABA Publishing (2011)

Federal Criminal Discovery is an important addition to the practice books that lawyers find themselves reaching for on a daily basis. It provides a comprehensive review of discovery issues in federal criminal cases, and is written for criminal defense lawyers of all levels of experience. It provides both legal authority and strategy, and it arrives at a turning point in the development of law in this area.

One of the anomalies of our federal court system is the difference between civil and criminal discovery. In civil cases, where only property is at stake, the discovery process includes written interrogatories, requests for production of documents, and sworn depositions. The standard for what is discoverable is whether the sought for information could possibly lead to relevant evidence. In criminal cases, where liberty is at stake, the discovery process is severely limite

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