Posted by copwatch | Sun, 03/13/2011 - 3:00pm story
What is a Pitchess Motion ???
A Pitchess Motion is filed by a defense attorney to force the police to produce information about the police officers which will help the defendant and which is negative towards the police. Citizen complaints*, on the job discipline and other information must be provided.
A California Pitchess motion is a request for information contained in an officer's personnel file. Criminal defense lawyers typically raise this motion when they believe that their client has been the victim of police misconduct.
Posted by copwatch | Sun, 03/13/2011 - 2:31pm story
We are publishing this letter with permission of the writer.
Dear Redwood Curtain Cop Watch,
I just spent four hours in the Willows, CA Court house and am watching the assembly-line of sending people off to prison. I could see the bulk of them are getting sent away because they don't have enough money for anything but a bad public defender.
We want to add more links and offer community and individual empowerment tools, and resources for resistance to state repression. We welcome suggestions for this resource page as well! Here's a beginning.
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