‘The law also would have a negative impact on the rights on the accused, the court found, by allowing “a victim or any other person directly impacted by a crime to refuse an interview, deposition or other discovery request” made by the defendant. That includes evidence sought through text messages, e-mails, social media, medical and financial records, cellphone data and security videos.
“Such evidence can be critical to building a defense,” Judge Ceisler wrote in her opinion. “If not obtained as soon as possible, such evidence can easily be lost forever.”’
The link to the article in the Pittsburg Post Gazette is here.