01 January 2011

Anne Arundel judge sanctions prosecutors in murder case

From the Baltimore Sun:
A judge has ruled that prosecutors violated court rules by withholding witness information from defense lawyers in a pending murder trial of a jockey.

Judge Ronald A. Silkworth told prosecutors that they cannot call at least one, and possibly a second, jailhouse snitch to testify against Francis Eugene Adams because they did not turn over information about one witness for more than five months, and kept information on the other for nearly a month. Silkworth issued his opinion Wednesday afternoon in Anne Arundel County Circuit Court.
A good example of how prosecutors withholding information can potentially damage the case in a murder trial.
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