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“Shiffra” Material –Preliminary Showing for In Camera Inspection

State v. Munoz, 200 Wis. 2d 391, 395, 546 N.W.2d 570 (Ct. App. 1996)
For Munoz: Craig M. Kuhary


Here, as in Lederer, the defense offered nothing more than “the mere possibility” that the records “might produce some evidence helpful to the defense.” Lederer, however, was decided before Shiffra. The broad language of Shiffra-“that the sought-after evidence is relevant and may be helpful to the defense,” Shiffra, 175 Wis.2d at 608, 499 N.W.2d at 723 (emphasis added)-certainly would seem to suggest a very low threshold for a defendant to establish the basis for an in camera inspection. A closer reading of Shiffra, however, reveals that a defendant must establish more than “the mere possibility” that psychiatric records “may be helpful” in order to justify disclosure for an in camera inspection.

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