Criminal Procedure keyed to Israel
Pennsylvania v. Ritchie
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Respondent George F. Ritchie was convicted of rape and incest, among other things, for his assaults on his minor daughter. At the pretrial stage the defendant had attempted to obtain the contents of his file that the Children and Youth Services had accumulated in its investigation of the victim’s complaint, but was not granted access because it was considered confidential under Pennsylvania law. The Pennsylvania Supreme Court vacated the conviction and ordered the court to allow the respondent’s attorney access to the files. The state was then granted certiorari.
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