What is the Brady List and why does it matter? 

What is the Brady List and why does it matter? 

| Aug 20, 2020 | Criminal Defense

Named after Brady v. Maryland, a landmark United States Supreme Court case that obligated prosecutors to hand over exculpatory information, the Brady List is a database containing instances of Officer misconduct.  If you are charged with a crime in Arizona then a police officer was involved in an investigation, at least in some way, and so their integrity and honesty is always at issue and is something that you attorney should be able to attack.

Arizona has never made these databases publicly available.  Despite the fact that law enforcement officers are public servants who are paid by taxpayers, taxpayers are not entitled to see which of their public servants have acted poorly.  Fortunately, the media and public interest organizations have managed to get this information together.  Most recently, ABC 15 put together a database of officers on the Brady List and made it available on their website at https://www.abc15.com/news/local-news/investigations/database-shows-every-arizona-law-enforcement-official-tracked-for-integrity-concerns. Only by having open and transparent views of our law enforcement officials can we truly trust them.

Despite decades of being required to disclose this information, prosecutors routinely fail to update the list or disclose information within it.  https://www.abc15.com/news/local-news/investigations/full-disclosure-arizona-fails-to-properly-track-problematic-brady-list-cops

Some violations listed in the Brady List may not be usable in your case.  Some may be crucial in pursuing an acquittal for a false accusation.  Having an experienced criminal defense attorney on your side who knows what stones to turn and how to use the information that you are entitled to is the best way to defend yourself.  Don’t let yourself be strong-armed by dishonest law enforcement officials.  Arm yourself with the truth.