Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Federal bill proposed to codify prosecutors' duties

Two months ago, Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) introduced a bill called the Fairness in Disclosure of Evidence Act of 2012 (S. 2197), which is a bill to “require the attorney for the Government to disclose favorable information to the defendant in criminal prosecutions brought by the United States, and for other purposes.” The Act begins by defining the term “covered information” to mean all “information, data,documents, evidence, or objects that may reasonably appear to be favorable to the defendant in a criminal prosecution brought by the United States with respect to (A) the determination of guilt; (B) any preliminary matter before the court before which the criminal prosecution is pending; or (C) the sentence to be imposed.”  For a comment on the bill go here.

Thanks to Roy Simon for the update.

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