In recent years, the repeated, notable failures of the Brady disclosure regime by which prosecutors are required to produce evidence favorable to the accused in criminal cases have led to a cascade of criticism and growing...more
The Governor recently approved Senate Bill 313 (“SB 313”), which adds section 3305.5 to the Government Code. Currently, the Public Safety Officers Procedural Bill of Rights Act provides that no punitive action may be taken...more
Overview: The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals recently ruled that the state of California violated Brady v. Maryland by failing to disclose exculpatory evidence of a police dog’s history of mistaken scent identifications in a...more
Placido Mendoza drove a truck from North Carolina to Tennessee. His passenger was Abel Tavera....more
There was only one win in the federal circuits last week, but United States v. Blewett was a whopper - the Sixth Circuit held that the Fair Sentencing Act applies retroactively to people sentenced before it took effect. ...more
It's a good week in the circuits for folks accused of federal crimes.
The Seventh Circuit has been active (though sadly without Judge Posner). United States v. Diaz-Rios looks interesting - it's a remand for resentencing...more
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