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Eve of Trial Evidence

March 25th, 2015

Defense Attorney: “I am moving to suppress the officer’s testimony.”

Prosecution: “Why? We disclosed the evidence as soon as we got it.”

-Flashback 12 hours-

It is the night before trial and your email shows a new message.  It is from the attorney you will be in trial with – tomorrow morning.   He writes, “We just realized that there

New Times: Bill Montgomery Opposes Ethics Rule Requiring Prosecutors to Reveal Evidence of Wrongful Convictions

August 8th, 2013

Stephen Lemons | New Times

As Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery fights to keep Debra Milke behind bars pending a retrial on her overturned murder conviction, he also is fighting a proposed rule to the State Bar of Arizona that would require prosecutors to act on new evidence of a wrongful conviction.

For the past two years, the Arizona …

Milke Wants MCAO Conflicted Off The Case

August 1st, 2013

Here is latest news article on the Milke case. It discusses the potential conflict of interest issues with the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office (MCAO) prosecuting her case after the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals reversed her conviction. The court’s ruling was based upon MCAO’s prior violation of their duty to disclose exculpatory evidence pursuant to Brady v. Maryland

The Latest Ruling In the Massachusetts Crime Lab Scandal

July 28th, 2013

Here is an update of the Massachusetts Crime Lab Scandal:

• In June, 2011, allegations of misconduct at the William A. Hinton State Laboratory Institute in Jamaica Plain (Hinton drug lab) surfaced regarding work performed by Annie Dookhan, a chemist who had been employed in the forensic drug laboratory since November 2003.

• Following an internal review, the Department …

Do We Really Care About Prosecutorial Misconduct?

October 18th, 2010

In my experience most prosecutors play by the rules.  They know their ethical duties and abide by them.  However, I, along with many of my colleagues, have observed a growing number of prosecutors that have no problem stepping over the ethics line.  The issue seems more to do with ignorance than intent.

For the most part, the public is …

Best In Criminal Defense: July 2010

August 1st, 2010

Here is a round up of the best criminal defense blog posts for July, 2010.  I always look for posts that provide either strong opinion, insight or novel information.  While July had a great selection to choose from, here are the top five:

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