Criminal Justice System And The Rights Of The Courtroom Essay

1028 Words Jul 28th, 2015 5 Pages
Misconduct in the courtroom, whether committed by the defense or the prosecution, not only defies the laws put forth by our Founding Fathers and violates God’s will, but it is also a direct violation of the public’s trust in the criminal justice system. The results can be devastating, and have far reaching effects inside and outside of the courtroom. Being truthful is covered extensively in the Bible, beginning with the Ten Commandments and in verses such as 2 Timothy 2:15 which discusses unashamedly presenting yourself to God by rightly handling the word of truth.
When a prosecutor hides or destroys evidence, not only are they infringing on the constitutional rights of due process and those provided to the victim, but they are also violating God’s commands. While it is fair to prosecute with urgency and firmness, it is as much the prosecution’s duty to refrain from using “improper methods calculated to produce a wrongful conviction as it is to use every legitimate means to bring about a just one” (Berger v. United States, 1935). This paper will look at what evidence the prosecution must disclose to the defense and the jury as clarified in a series of United States Supreme Court case decisions, including Brady v. Maryland (1963), Giglio v. United States (1972), and United States v. Agurs (1976).
Brady v. Maryland
Hiding or destroying exculpatory evidence by the prosecution not only infringes on the due process rights of an individual as set forth by the Fourteenth Amendment…

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