Crime lab and Brady policy announcement Friday 

The Police Department is expected to explain their new policy in regards to notifying defense attorneys when problem officers testify in court, otherwise known as a Brady policy.

Police Chief George Gascón has a press conference scheduled for Friday, August 20, 2010 at 850 Bryant Street, at 1pm. “The purpose of the press conference will be to update the public on the Crime Laboratory and related issues.”

Police plan on conducting panels every time an officer has been disciplined for perjury or lying, and then goes on to testify in a court case. A history of perjury could disqualify an officer’s testimony, but a defense lawyer has to know about that history before they can try to disqualify the officer’s testimony.

The U.S. Constitution requires that information be divulged, but the Police Department and the District Attorney’s Office had never really done that until a scandal erupted with the Police Department’s drug lab.

-Brent Begin

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