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Hearing of the Senate Armed Services Committee - Markup of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014

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Location: Washington, DC

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Senator MCCASKILL. This is about--Amendment 19 is about the
victim interview. This amendment requires that defense counsel
give notice to the--it does not limit access to the victim in any way.
The victim still can get accessed by the defendant counsel. But it
requires defendant counsel to give notice to the prosecutor before
they interview a victim, which will give the prosecutor an adequate
opportunity, if desired, to give support to the victim during that
interview.
It also requires upon request the victim have counsel present for
those interviews, reaffirming this right under this law.

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Senator MCCASKILL. It does two things. It requires that defense
counsel give notice to the prosecutor before trying to interview the
victim. It does not limit how often the defendant can interview the
victim or the fact that they can, but just you have to give notice.
And second, that if the victim requests, that they are entitled to
have counsel present, their own counsel present, for the interview.

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