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Amid an ongoing controversy in the Orange County courthouse involving accusations of prosecutorial misconduct, a new law will ratchet up penalties for California prosecutors who tamper with evidence or hide exculpatory material from the defense.
Under the law, which was introduced by Assemblywoman Patty Lopez (D-San Fernando) and signed by Gov. Jerry Brown on Friday, a prosecutor can receive up to three years in prison for altering or intentionally withholding evidence that defendants might use to exonerate themselves. Previously, those acts were considered misdemeanors.
SACRAMENTO, CA ‒ In a bold effort to increase accountability for California prosecutors,
Assemblywoman Patty López (D-San Fernando) introduced AB 1909 ‒ a bill that was signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown on Friday.
Seeking to curb courtroom misconduct and reduce the number of wrongful convictions, the measure classifies evidence tampering or the withholding of exculpatory information by prosecutors as a felony.
California prosecutors who knowingly withhold or falsify evidence can now be charged with a felony and go to prison under a law signed Friday by Gov. Jerry Brown (D).
California Assemblywoman Patty Lopez (D) introduced the bill (AB 1909) which makes the withholding or falsifying of evidence by prosecutors a felony in the state. Falsifying or withholding evidence was previously a misdemeanor for the general public and a felony for law enforcement officers in the state.
California prosecutors who willfully falsify or withhold evidence could wind up in prison, under a new law signed Friday by Gov. Jerry Brown.
The bill, AB 1909, makes it a felony for prosecutors to intentionally falsify or withhold evidence. Previously, such acts were prosecuted as misdemeanors; they are already felonies for police officers.