White Collar Reach Of High Court Brady Ruling Limited

Law360 (March 29, 2011, 12:17 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that criminal defendants could not sue local prosecutors' offices based on a single discovery violation, a decision that legal experts say could have a limited effect on white collar cases at the local level.

In a 5-4 decision, the high court found that a district attorney's office could not be held liable under Section 1983 of the U.S. Code for failing to train assistant district attorneys on the necessity of turning over exculpatory evidence, known as Brady material, even if a pattern or history of misconduct could be established — reversing a 2008 decision by...

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