The Case Of Brady V. Maryland

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There are several cases that have gone through the United States Supreme Court where prosecutors have not disclosed evidence to the defense, that could in turn help the defense’s case such as in the case of Brady v. Maryland, 373 U.S. 83 (1963),” the U.S. Supreme Court held that "the suppression by the prosecution of evidence favorable to an accused upon request violates due process where the evidence is material either to guilt or to punishment, irrespective of the good faith or bad faith of the prosecution” (Judge, 2015). Other cases that show where officers of the courts credibility is put into question can be found in United States v. Bagley where “also clarified that impeachment evidence must be disclosed to the defense” (Judge, 2015), this had to do with police informants who the defense could have impeached their testimony, and in the case of Kyles v. Whitley, 514 U.S. 419 (1995), “imposed upon the prosecutor an affirmative "duty to learn of any favorable evidence known to the others acting on the government 's behalf, including the police," and a resulting duty to disclose that evidence to the defense” (Judge, 2015). The above mentioned cases all deal in some form with a person’s right to be able to have a fair trial when they are charged with a crime, and shows examples where the prosecution is required to disclose all evidence even when it is in favor of a defendant.

It is important that police officers be ethical especially while on the job. An officer’s…
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