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L.A. DA orders prosecutors to disclose evidence

Posted: June 11, 2013 12:43 p.m.
Updated: June 11, 2013 12:43 p.m.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles County district attorney has issued special directives to prosecutors to hand over to defendants evidence on peace officers and government-employed expert witnesses in criminal cases.

District Attorney Jackie Lacey responded Tuesday to a lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California accusing the county sheriff and district attorney's office of concealing evidence regarding deputy assaults on inmates at Men's Central Jail.

The ACLU said the district attorney's office was prohibiting disclosure of evidence favorable to criminal defendants in violation of federal law.

Lacey says prosecutors must understand and comply with the rule of law. She says her directives will ensure that prosecutors play fair in seeking justice and gives deputy district attorneys more guidance.

After reviewing the directives, the ACLU is dropping the suit.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.



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