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Brady material

noun Bra·dy ma·te·ri·al \ˈbrā-dē-\

Legal Definition of Brady material

  1. :  evidence known to the prosecution that is favorable to a defendant's case and material to the issue of guilt or to punishment and that the prosecution is obligated to disclose to the defense :  exculpatory evidence known to the prosecution that must be disclosed

Origin and Etymology of brady material

from Brady v. Maryland, 373 U.S. 83 (1963), in which the Supreme Court ruled that suppression by the prosecution of evidence favorable to a defendant who has requested it violates due process


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