SB343 HJUD AM 3-3
The Committee on the Judiciary moves to amend the bill on page one, by striking
everything after the enacting clause and inserting in lieu thereof the following:
That the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, be amended by adding thereto a
new section, designated §52-2-11, to read as follows:
ARTICLE 2. GRAND JURIES.
§52-2-11. Materials subpoenaed by grand jury; authorizing custodian possession and use thereof.
(a) For purposes of this section:
(1) “Prosecuting attorney” means a prosecuting attorney, assistant prosecuting attorney or duly appointed special prosecuting attorney.
(2) “Investigator” means an investigator employed by a prosecuting attorney’s office or an employee of a state agency authorized by the provisions of this code to perform criminal investigations.
(b) Notwithstanding any provision of this code to the contrary, records, items or other evidence subpoenaed, received and ratified by a grand jury may, in the discretion of the prosecuting attorney, be permitted to be delivered to a designated law-enforcement officer or investigator who may serve as the custodian of the records, items or other evidence. The designated custodian conducting an investigation to which the subpoenaed records, items or other evidence are relevant may keep, review and analyze the records and otherwise use the subpoenaed materials for legitimate investigative purposes. Should circumstances arise which require the designation of a successor custodian, the successor custodian shall comply with the provisions of subsection (c) of this section.
(c) Prior to providing a subpoenaed record, item or other evidence to a designated custodian as authorized by subsection (a) of this section, the prosecuting attorney shall prepare and have the law-enforcement officer or investigator execute a disclosure statement acknowledging that the record, item or other evidence is secret under Rule 6(e) of the West Virginia Rules of Criminal Procedure. The prosecuting attorney shall file all disclosure statements, under seal, with the clerk of the circuit court. The existence or contents of any record, item or other evidence subject to the provisions of this section may be disclosed to another law-enforcement officer or investigator for legitimate investigative purposes with the written authorization of the prosecuting attorney and that officer’s or investigator’s execution of a disclosure statement.
(d) The designated custodian may retain the record, item or other evidence in his or her possession, care, custody or control until the termination of the investigation or prosecution.