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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.
Colello, the state said, has not identified any exculpatory information.
Nor is a warrant automatically invalidated if exculpatory or favorable information is omitted from an application.
The City Attorney’s Office considered it a Brady violation — a rule that compels prosecutors to give to the defense any possibly exculpatory evidence.
The Columbus City Attorney’s Office declined to prosecute Elliott for those same allegations and Elliott’s defense contests that the NFL ignored exculpatory evidence.
The indictment is more exculpatory than incriminatory of Trump.
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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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