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Name: People v. Jordan
Case #: B152028
Court: CA Court of Appeal
District 2 DCA
Division: 3
Opinion Date: 04/30/2003
Subsequent History: None
Summary

The prosecution does not have a constitutional obligation to disclose complaints about police officer misconduct where the only evidence of such misconduct is defense testimony in an unrelated criminal trial. The court concluded such a proposed rule was logistically impossible, and would require the People to catalogue the testimony of every witness called by the defense in every criminal case in the county. Moreover, a defense attack on the integrity of a police officer is a common feature of criminal trials, but such attacks are not as trustworthy as a sustained citizen complaint in the officer’s personnel file.