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December 2007 , Page 8 

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By Jack King

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Board Approves Brady Report, Judicial Conduct

The Board of Directors approved two significant items during its fall meeting in Key West, Fla., on Oct. 20. The Board approved a draft of a report to the Justice Department’s Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR) suggesting corrections to the haphazard ways that DOJ and various government agencies handle evidence and other material favorable to the defense in criminal cases, also known as Brady/Giglio material. According to NACDL’s outside Freedom of Information Act counsel Edwin E. Huddleson, there is no internal DOJ check on department Brady violations that do not involve reckless or willful violations. DOJ needs to create clear guidelines to correct systemic Brady problems when they come to light, Huddleson said. Huddleson prepared a draft letter to OPR that was presented for Board approval and gave a presentation on DOJ’s Brady policies — such as they are — by speakerphone at the meeting. The Board appr

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