|Production Date:||April 12 2012|
Is a police officer or criminalist a material witness against your client? Will that individual's credibility be a central issue at trial? In this CLE, San Francisco Public Defender Matt Sotorosen details the legal issues pertaining to discovery of impeachment materials of police officer witnesses. Mr. Sotorosen will discuss California and federal case law under the Pitchess and Brady cases and their progeny. Mr. Sotorosen will also recount the story of the infamous 2010 San Francisco Police Crime Lab scandal, "Maddengate". Finally, this course will conclude with strategies to prevent your client from being the victim of "Brady error."
I. The "Maddengate" scandal
II. A review of discovery law on police officers
III. A review of what constitutes "Brady material" and Pitchess "Good Cause"
IV. Strategies on obtaining discovery on crime labs
V. How to prevent "Brady error" in your case
Gary (Panorama City,CA, CA)
Jeffrey (San Carlos, CA)
Very good overview and update. I would recommend it to others and I appreciate the speaker's offer to be a resource.