TBA Law Blog


Posted by: Katharine Heriges on Dec 17, 2018
The Tennessee Board of Professional Responsibility voted on Friday not to alter or rescind Formal Ethics Opinion 2017-F-163, which deals with a prosecutor’s ethical duties to disclose information. The opinion faced pushback from sectors of the legal community, including the U.S. Department of Justice. The opinion guides prosecutors to hand over all evidence that is in some way favorable to the defendant, no matter if they believe it would affect the outcome or not, and they must do so early enough in the case for the information to be used effectively by the defense team.