Summary

A bill to require the attorney for the Government to disclose favorable information to the defendant in criminal prosecutions brought by the United States, and for other purposes. Read More

Status

This bill was introduced on Mar 15, 2012, in a previous session of Congress, but was not passed.

Bill Text

A BILL

To require the attorney for the Government to disclose favorable information to the defendant in criminal prosecutions brought by the United States, and for other purposes.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

This Act may be cited as the ``Fairness in Disclosure of Evidence Act of 2012''.

SEC. 2. DUTY TO DISCLOSE FAVORABLE INFORMATION.

Chapter 201 of title 18, United States Code, is amended by adding at the end the following: ``Sec. 3014. Duty to disclose favorable information ``(a) Definitions.--In this section-- ``(1) the term `covered information' means information, data, documents, evidence, or objects that may reasonably appear to be favorable to the defendant in a criminal prosecution brought by the United States with respect to-- ``(A) the determination of guilt; ``(B) any preliminary matter before the court before which the criminal prosecution is pending; or ``(C) the sentence to be imposed; and ``(2) the term `prosecution team' includes, with respect to a criminal prosecution brought by the United States-- ``(A) the Executive agency, as defined in section 105 of title 5, that brings the criminal prosecution on behalf of the United States; and ``(B) any entity or individual, including a law enforcement agency or official, that-- ``(i) acts on behalf of the United States with respect to the criminal prosecution; ``(ii) acts under the control of the United States with respect to the criminal prosecution; or ``(iii) participates, jointly with the...

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I support S. 2197: Fairness in Disclosure of Evidence Act of 2012 because... the Justice system is supposed to be the JUSTICE system. Where is the justice in a system that gives the upper hand to prosecutors to hold back evidence or unfairly delay in turning over evidence that the accused has the common-sense right to know about and respond to? I have a husband in prison for life. We are still hearing more and more slipping out of favorable evidence that was withheld. The government denied the evidence existed that we asked for. Now we have proof that it did exist. Yet, my husband is imprisoned for life. We desperately need this bill passed to bring Justice back to the justice system.

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Bill Summary

A bill to require the attorney for the Government to disclose favorable information to the defendant in criminal prosecutions brought by the United States, and for other purposes.

S. 2196the Congressional Health Care for Seniors Act S. 2198the Commonsense Contractor Compensation Act