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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.
But mental illness is not exculpatory in itself: A defendant may be found mentally ill and still competent enough to stand trial.
While the government is not required to disclose its witness list before trial, the defense argued that it is required to turn over exculpatory evidence — which is favorable to defendants and tends to exonerate them of guilt.
Worse still is the board’s own exculpatory report, written by the law firm Shearman and Sterling.
For one, the best time to bring exculpatory evidence is before someone is found at fault and punished, not after.
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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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