MSU College of Law

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Law of Lawyering
Supreme Court Review

Cases tagged as: prosecutorial misconduct

Connick v. Thompson

131 S. Ct. 1350 (2011) (PDF)

District attorney's office was held not liable under 42 U.S.C.S. § 1983 for failure to train prosecutors on basis of single violation of requirement--under Brady v. Maryland, 373 U.S. 83 (1963) to disclose material exculpatory evidence to defense.

Related tag(s): 2010 Term, prosecutorial misconduct,

Pottawattamie County v. McGhee

130 S.Ct. 1047 (PDF)

The issue in this case was whether the doctrine of prosecutorial immunity applied where two prosecutors secured false testimony and introduced it at trial. The parties settled after oral argument.

Related tag(s): 2009 Term, prosecutorial misconduct,

Salinas v. Texas

No. 12-246, 2013 BL 158572 (U.S. June 17, 2013) (PDF)

The Court held 5-4 that a prosecutor was not barred by the Fifth Amendment to mention in trial,as evidence of possible guilt, a defendant's silence and refusal to answer police questions before the defendant was placed into custody or read his Miranda Rights. The Court ruled that the defendant must expressly invoke his privilege not to incriminate himself in response to officers' questions.

Related tag(s): 2012 Term, prosecutorial misconduct, right to counsel,

Smith v. Cain

132 S.Ct. 627 (2012) (PDF)

Under Brady v. Maryland, the State violates a defendant's right to due process if it withholds evidence that is favorable to the defense and material to the defendant's guilt or punishment. In this case, defendant was convicted of first-degree murder based on the testimony of a single eyewitness. The Court held that the eyewitness testimony was the only evidence linking defendant to the crime, and the eyewitness's undisclosed statements contradicted his testimony. As a result, the eyewitness's statements were material, and the State's failure to disclose those statements to the defense thus violated Brady.

Related tag(s): 2011 Term, ABA amicus brief filed, decision in favor of ABA amicus brief, prosecutorial misconduct,