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Research Paper: Part 5 – Cases Summary Instructions
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CRJ 310 - Law Enforcement Operations and Management
Research Paper: Part 5 – Cases Summary Instructions
Since 1963, a series of United States Supreme Court case decisions have clarified that
in,criminal,cases, prosecutors must disclose to the defense evidence favorable to the defendant.
This includes information that may be used to impeach the credibility of government witnesses,
including,law,enforcement officers. These decisions mean that police officers who have
documented histories of lying in official matters are liabilities to their agencies, and these
histories may render them unable to testify credibly.,
Summarize the main issues that are involved in the following United States Supreme Court
cases. You must have pages, not including your title page.,
Case Details:
Introduction to Smith v. Cain:
Smith v. Cain is a U.S. Supreme Court case from 2012 that deals with the issue of prosecutorial
misconduct and the suppression of favorable evidence. The decision addresses the duty of
prosecutors to disclose material evidence that could impact the credibility of a witness. Answer the
following ques!ons:
1. What constuonal issue did Smith v. Cain address, and how did the case contribute to the legal
standards surrounding prosecutorial misconduct and the duty to disclose favorable evidence?
2. Discuss the importance of the Brady rule in the context of Smith v. Cain and how it applies to the
prosecuon's obligaon to disclose exculpatory evidence.
3. Analyze the Supreme Court's decision in Smith v. Cain regarding the materiality of the
undisclosed evidence and its impact on the defendant's right to a fair trial.
4. Provide a brief overview of the factual background of Smith v. Cain, emphasizing the
circumstances that led to the legal dispute and the Supreme Court's decision.
5. How has Smith v. Cain in,uenced prosecutorial pracces and the disclosure of favorable
evidence in criminal trials?