first_img“This is going to result in charges being dismissed against drug dealers and other drug offenders.” Another problem he said the law is causing: “We also have the New York State Police Crime Lab has informed us that they can not keep up with the demand of the drugs that we send up to be tested.” “We had a trial in county court last week where a witness who was a victim of a crime was contacted by the family of the defendant asking him if he was going to testify,” said Korchak. The mayor’s office estimates the current requirements of the law could cost the city between $150,000-$200,000 each year for additional personnel costs. “This is a very real situation, very serious concern for public safety,” said Korchak. He said not only does the law cut down on time, but also, “My fear is that witnesses will no longer come forward knowing that violent felons will immediately get their grand jury testimony, and most times these felons will be out of out custody when they get it.” Broome County District Attorney Michael Korchak has major bones to pick with the law. He says, “The discovery law creates a danger.” (WBNG) — Officials in Broome County are concerned about the new Discovery Law that took effect this year and the issues it poses for the community. Describing it, he said, “We have 1,500 felonies and several thousand misdemeanors that come through our system every year, we have to comply within 15 days all police reports, all witness statements, witness contact information has to be turned over, grand jury testimony has to be turned over, again, it’s an unworkable situation.” His fears continue to include more witness tampering and intimidation, a scenario that’s already happened in Broome County. “We’re asking lawmakers to take a step back, get the input of judges and district attorneys and make real changes to this law,” said Korchak. The two leaders, among others, want change. An issue he predicts could have a domino effect. Change, they say, is needed sooner rather than later. Binghamton Mayor Rich David explained the law is also negatively impacting the city’s police department by having to add personnel to keep up with its demands.last_img

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