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Izazaga v. Superior Court

815 P.2d 304 (1991)

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Izazaga v. Superior Court

California Supreme Court

815 P.2d 304 (1991)

Facts

Javier Valle Izazaga (defendant) was charged with forcible rape and kidnapping. The prosecution (plaintiff) issued discovery requests to Izazaga pursuant to California’s Proposition 115, which required reciprocal discovery in criminal cases, permitting the prosecution to issue certain discovery requests prior to trial. Specifically, Proposition 115 permitted the prosecution to request (1) names and addresses of the witnesses a defendant planned to call at trial and (2) statements of those witnesses. Izazaga objected to the requests, but the superior court issued an order compelling discovery. The court of appeal affirmed. The California Supreme Court issued a writ of mandate to consider Izazaga’s claim that Proposition 115 violated his constitutional right against self-incrimination.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Lucas, C.J.)

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