Friday, August 19, 2005
Brady violation - dismissal with prejudice
In US v. Jareem Fahie (No. 04-1567 8/16/05), the 3rd Cir explains when dismissal with prejudice is appropriate for a violation of the government's obligation under Brady v. Maryland to disclosed exculpatory information to the defense. The court concludes that dismissal with prejudice for a Brady violation is appropriate only in cases of deliberate or willful misconduct, since this remedy is needed in such cases for deterrence. In the absence of such misconduct, the retrial will cure any prejudice resulting from the Brady violation.