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“Paradee” Motions – What Judges Need to Know: Seven Basic Facts & Two Sample Orders (15-09)

What is a “Paradee” Motion? Criminal defendants have a broad right to discovery in order to prepare and present a defense. When a defendant requests records that are subject to the Minnesota Government Data Practicesconfidential.records Act or other legislation, the court may screen the confidential records in camera to balance the right of the defendant to prepare and present a defense against the rights of victims and witnesses to privacy. However, this in camera review is not a right and defendant must first establish a “plausible showing” that the information sought would be “both material and favorable to his defense.” This Training Update will discuss seven basic facts that judges need to know to properly rule on a Paradee motion.

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