District attorney revises policy on police misconduct disclosure

Jack Leonard (Los Angeles Times) | June 11, 2013

Los Angeles County Dist. Atty. Jackie Lacey announced Tuesday that she has issued new policies on when to disclose information about police officer misconduct and other evidence in criminal cases to defense attorneys.

The move drew praise from the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California, which, along with other civil rights lawyers, sued the county last year accusing prosecutors of improperly withholding key evidence from defendants.

The new directives, issued last week, make it clear that prosecutors must disclose all evidence favorable to the defense and that they cannot rely solely on the contents of a district attorney’s database that tracks police misconduct when they determine what evidence needs to be turned over.

ACLU attorneys said they dropped their lawsuit earlier this year after Lacey’s office gave assurances that the policies would be revised. Lacey took office in December, replacing retired Dist. Atty. Steve Cooley.

Read more at: http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-da-policy-20130612,0,399964.story

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