LA County Can Be Liable For DA's Snitch Woes: 9th Circ.

Law360, New York (May 8, 2013, 10:37 PM EDT) -- Los Angeles County can be held liable for the failure of its district attorney's office to track benefits awarded to jailhouse informants testifying against criminal suspects, the Ninth Circuit ruled Wednesday in a case filed by a man imprisoned 24 years for a murder for which he was later exonerated.

A three-judge panel reversed a lower court’s opinion that the district attorney's office represents the state in such functions and not the county. The panel disagreed Wednesday, ruling that the district attorney represents Los Angeles County...
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