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My girlfriend was arrested for grand theft since then her accuser has went and dropped charges at st atty now theres a brady act

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what does the brady evidence mean for her case

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  1. As counsel has already pointed out in his response, which I agree, it is up to the prosecutor as to whether or not to prosecute the case, not the accuser.

    The "Brady" evidence refers to a U.S. Supreme Court case holding:

    Brady v. Maryland

    Supreme Court of the United States
    Argued March 18–19, 1963
    Decided May 13, 1963
    Full case name Brady v. State of Maryland
    Citations 373 U.S. 83 (more)
    83 S. Ct. 1194; 10 L. Ed. 2d 215; 1963 U. S. LEXIS 1615
    Prior history Certiorari to the Court of Appeals of Maryland
    Withholding of evidence violates due process "where the evidence is material either to guilt or to punishment. "
    Court membership
    Chief Justice
    Earl Warren
    Associate Justices
    Hugo Black · William O. Douglas
    Tom C. Clark · John M. Harlan II
    William J. Brennan, Jr. · Potter Stewart
    Byron White · Arthur Goldberg
    Case opinions
    Majority Douglas, joined by Warren, Clark, Brennan, Stewart, Goldberg
    Concurrence White
    Dissent Harlan, joined by Black
    Laws applied
    U. S. Const. amend. XIV

    Brady v. Maryland

    Brady v. Maryland, 373 U.S. 83 (1963),[1] was a landmark United States Supreme Court case in which the prosecution had withheld from the criminal defendant certain evidence. The defendant challenged his conviction, arguing it had been contrary to the Due Process Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution.
    Procedural History

    Maryland prosecuted Brady and a companion, Boblit, for murder. Brady admitted being involved in the murder, but claimed Boblit had done the actual killing. The prosecution had withheld a written statement by Boblit confessing that he had committed the act of killing by himself. The Maryland Court of Appeals had affirmed the conviction and remanded the case for a retrial only on the question of punishment.
    The Court's Decision

    The Supreme Court held that withholding exculpatory evidence violates due process "where the evidence is material either to guilt or to punishment"; and the court determined that under Maryland state law the withheld evidence could not have exculpated the defendant but was material to the level of punishment he would be given. Hence the Maryland Court of Appeals' ruling was affirmed.

    A defendant's request for "Brady disclosure" refers to the holding of the Brady case, and the numerous state and federal cases that interpret its requirement that the prosecution disclose material exculpatory evidence to the defense. Exculpatory evidence is “material” if “there is a reasonable probability that his conviction or sentence would have been different had these materials been disclosed.” Brady evidence includes statements of witnesses or physical evidence that conflicts with the prosecution's witnesses, and evidence that could allow the defense to impeach the credibility of a prosecution witness.

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  2. As my learned colleague has pointed out in detail, once a case is in the hands of the prosecutor, the decision to proceed or not lies with the prosecutor. Brady has to do with providing all relevant information to the defense. I do not see how that applies here. Your girlfriend needs a defense attorney, and you can pay for one. Her attorney can work through the details with the prosecutor, show that the primary witness has recanted, and seek dismissal. There may be something more to all of this.

    We do not have a client/attorney relationship until you make an appointment, we discuss your case face to face, I accept a retainer, and we explictly agree to enter into representation.

  3. My colleagues are correct. HIre a good local lawyer to defend her. Regarding Brady evidence, that is usually evidence that the State needs to disclose that shows that the accused is not culpable for the crime alleged. Good luck to you!

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  4. Hire an attorney to defend the case. It is not up to the accuser to drop charges only the State Attroney can do that. There are many things an experienced attorney can do to assist the State in deciding whether to decline the case. Good luck!

  5. Brady evidence is evidence that is exculpatory (would help the defendant). I don't understand your question, though.

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