Plan To Alter NY Grand Jury Immunity Splits DAs, Defense

Law360, New York (April 10, 2013, 7:27 PM EDT) -- New York prosecutors hailed Gov. Andrew Cuomo's proposal under a new anti-public corruption initiative to strip witnesses in state grand jury probes of blanket immunity from prosecution, but the defense bar said such a change could hinder prosecutorial efforts by reducing witnesses' willingness to speak freely.

The Democratic governor unveiled the idea as part of a package of anti-corruption measures designed to curb bribes and other public-sector crimes after two federal busts last week saw state lawmakers from both parties, a New York City councilman and...
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