Timing of the interview
Discussion of the timing of the interview:
- Counsel should always interview witnesses as early in the case as possible. Every minute, hour, or day that passes results in a loss of memory, a loss of investigative opportunities, and/or the potential loss of witnesses.
- Trial counsel in particular should cultivate a relationship with CID and MPI that provides for a continuous channel of communications, so that trial counsel, without making themselves a witness, can be present as early during (not after) the official investigation as possible.