Don Rehkopf posted this as a comment regarding the Leach case, but it's worthy of highlighting:
1) If the Court were at all interested in stopping/preventing Brady violations, they could have and respectfully should have taken corrective action and done what needs to be done - indicate that such on-going issues will not be tolerated, period;
2) Blaming the Defense Counsel for the Brady violation for not having the crystal ball of precisely knowing what the complainant told the government, is even more problematic, if not downright disingenuous. If indeed the Court wanted to remedy Brady violations, then here was proof-positive (by the Court's own findings), of IAC; and,
3) Once again, this Court gives a "pass" to outrageous, improper arguments by the TC [cf. Voorhees], which brings to mind the words of federal judge Jerome Frank:
"If we continue to do nothing practical to prevent such [prosecutorial] conduct, we should cease to disapprove it. For otherwise it will be as if we declared in effect, Government attorneys, without fear of reversal, may say just about what they please in addressing juries, for our rules on the subject are pretend-rules. If prosecutors win verdicts as a result of ‘disapproved’ remarks, we will not deprive them of their victories; we will merely go through the form of expressing displeasure. The deprecatory words we use in our opinions on such occasions are purely ceremonial.' Government counsel, employing such tactics, are the kind who, eager to win victories, will gladly pay the small price of a ritualistic verbal spanking. The practice of this court- recalling the bitter tear shed by the Walrus as he ate the oysters-breeds a deplorably cynical attitude towards the judiciary." United States v. Antonelli Fireworks Co., 155 F.2d 631, 661 (2nd Cir. 1946) (Frank, J., dissenting)."
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