Rebecca Kavanagh+ Your Authors @DrRJKavanagh Criminal Defense & Civil Rights Attorney, Writer, Legal & Media Analyst. @theappeal @nyulaw @sydneylawschool @sydney_uni. Sydney ✈️ NYC. she/her. Views my own. Oct. 10, 2019 1 min read + Your Authors

Prosecutors are required to disclose to the defense, as part of discovery laws, whether their witnesses have criminal records.

So Amber Guyger's defense lawyers would have known if Joshua Brown had a criminal record.

If Joshua Brown had a criminal record, prosecutors would have asked him about it, because that is what you do when your witness has a record: deal with it up front and diminish its impact.

This doesn't mean Dallas PD fabricating a drug dealer persona for a murder victim won't somehow legally benefit Amber Guyger. Just that there isn't anyway it logically should.

PS. OK people, to be clear, what I am saying is JOSHUA BROWN DID NOT HAVE A CRIMINAL RECORD. It's not that it was hidden and not turned over. That's the point. He didn't have one because he wasn't dealing drugs.

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