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Prepared Testimony of Human Rights Watch’s Laura Pitter – Hearing on New York State Discovery Reform

My name is Laura Pitter. I am the interim deputy director of the US Program for Human Rights Watch. Human Rights Watch is a non-profit, independent organization that investigates allegations of human rights violations in more than 90 countries around the world, including the United States. We document human rights violations, issue detailed reports, and advocate for changes in law, policy, and practice to address the harms. The right to a fair trial when accused of a crime and exposed to punishment including imprisonment is a fundamental human right that US federal and state governments are required…

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