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BDS’ YUNG-MI LEE TESTIFIES AT CITY COUNCIL HEARING EXAMINING SPEEDY TRIAL IN NEW YORK CITY COURTS

BDS Supervising Attorney Yung-Mi Lee testified before the New York City Council Committee on Courts and Legal Services yesterday. In her testimony, Lee presented several recommendations along with client stories to support justice reform beneficial to both clients and the justice system generally.

Yung-Mi argued that  discovery reform is one way to cut down how long trials can take.

“In my experience, delays in turning over discovery to the defense greatly increase the length of my cases in Brooklyn,” she told the Council.

Yung-Mi also pointed out that cases are that much more difficult to investigate and argue when the defendant is incarcerated and, therefore, the Council should also look closer at bail reform.

“Oftentimes, we have not had enough time to thoroughly investigate a case or had time to obtain complete discovery,” she said. “Oftentimes, our lawyers are discouraged by our jailed clients’ unwillingness to fight the case for a longer period of time to get the right results.”

Click here to read Yung-Mi’s testimony.