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CACJ secures key victory in campaign against prosecutorial misconduct

Tuesday, July 21, 2015   (0 Comments)
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"The Brady bill is the latest example of CACJ's Leg Comm and Ignacio's group having unlimited creativity to overcome all obstacles and limitless tenacity to keep battling when lesser souls would give up on exhaustion. It is an honor and privilege to be allowed to work with all of you." - Steve Rease, CACJ Treasurer

Yesterday, the State Senate Committee on Public Safety voted to pass CACJ's sponsored bill AB 1328, authored by Assemblymember Shirley Weber (D-San Diego). The measure establishes clear standards requiring a court to refer an individual prosecutor to the California State Bar upon a determination that Brady material was intentionally withheld in a case. AB 1328 also explicitly states the authority of a court to disqualify an individual prosecutor from a case for an intentional Brady violation and empowers a court to disqualify an entire District Attorney's office upon a finding of a pattern and practice of Brady violations.

The bill now moves to the Senate Floor for a full vote of the State Senate in August.

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