Pardon me while I use today's post to clarify what seems to be misunderstood by some in referencing police misconduct stories…
"Brady Cops" and the "Brady List" refer to a 1963 Supreme Court ruling (Brady V. Maryland) that the government has a legal obligation to disclose evidence which may justify or excuse an accused defendant's actions.
In essence, the prosecution cannot withhold evidence that could strengthen a defendant's case.
From this decision, "Brady Cops" or being on the "Brady List" refers to police officers who previously have been shown as dishonest or otherwise acted in a manner to be discredited while serving in an official capacity.
When a district attorney uses a person on a "Brady List" in a case, he/she will certainly want to know as it could jeopardize that prosecution.
As you can imagine, the defense would certainly attack the credibility of any police officer with this negative designation.
Jurisdictions handle "Brady Cops" differently--whether there is a formal list or they rely on police agency notification--but officials are all still bound by this 1963 decision.
Recently, a reporter obtained a copy of a "Brady List" from officials in Broward County, Florida.
It is 22 pages long and includes 147 names and summary information on alleged/proven misconduct.
Some of the individuals are still being investigated, and would be removed from the list if the allegations against them are unsubstantiated.
If you are interested in seeing one, Broward County's "Brady List" is here.
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