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Failure to disclose exculpatory information to a defendant before trial, known as a Brady violation, is a serious courtroom breach.
In the ruling, the judge overseeing the case, Michele Szary Schroeder, suggested that Commerce officials had buried exculpatory evidence that would have cleared Ms. Chen.
The accused often lack legal counsel and may not get the chance to present exculpatory evidence.
He was similarly puzzled when asked Thursday, citing statutes that compel prosecutors to turn over exculpatory evidence.
The complaint alleges that a Hammond police lieutenant, a detective and six other officers manipulated witnesses, fabricated evidence and withheld exculpatory evidence.
But in trying to present this as exculpatory, Zuckerberg this misses the point.
The report said the most common type of misconduct documented in 2017 was police or prosecutors' failure to reveal exculpatory evidence to the defense.
But prosecutors never released those phone records to the defense even though a 1963 decision from the U.S. Supreme Court requires exculpatory information – now known as Brady materials - be turned over.
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Did You Know?
No one will blame you for having questions about the origins of exculpatory. The adjective comes from a combination of the prefix ex-, meaning "out of" or "away from," and the Latin noun culpa, which means "blame" or "guilt." Something exculpatory, then, frees one from accusations. Culpa has given English a number of other words, including the verb exculpate ("to clear from alleged fault or guilt"). The related but lesser-known terms inculpate ("to incriminate") and inculpatory ("incriminating") are antonyms of exculpate and exculpatory. Culpable is a synonym of blameworthy, and mea culpa refers to a formal acknowledgment of personal fault or error.
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