Judge Rules Against St. Louis Prosecutor in Disclosure Case

Associated Press

ST. LOUIS (AP) – A judge has ordered St. Louis’ city prosecutor to disclose names and addresses of victims and witnesses to defendants.

St. Louis Circuit Judge Gael Wood’s order Wednesday follows more than a year of litigation by St. Louis’ head public defender over redacted police reports turned over to defense attorneys by Circuit Attorney Jennifer Joyce.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports Mary Fox sued Joyce over Joyce’s decade-old policy of redacting birthdates, Social Security numbers, telephone numbers and addresses from police reports before providing the reports to the defense.

Fox calls Wednesday’s ruling “a positive step forward to getting the information we need to represent our clients.”

Joyce’s spokeswoman, Susan Ryan, says the prosecutor complies with all Missouri Supreme Court rules and the constitution. Ryan says an appeal is planned.

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