PHOENIX — The Arizona Supreme Court said prosecutors must give crime
victims’ birth dates to defense attorneys unless the prosecutors get a court
order saying otherwise.
The unanimous ruling Wednesday erases a lower court’s ruling that prosecutors
don’t have to disclose victims’ birth dates to defense lawyers.
Defense lawyers said they needed the victims’ birth dates to determine whether
their offices had represented the victims in other cases and therefore couldn’t
also represent the defendants.
The Court of Appeals said requiring disclosure would be a privacy violation
under the state’s protections for crime victims.
But the Supreme Court’s ruling said that’s not so under either existing law or
court rules. The justices say changing current disclosure requirements is best
considered as changes to the law or the rules.