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Van de Kamp v. Goldstein
No. 07-854

Title:

    John Van de Kamp, et al. v. Thomas Lee Goldstein

Subject:

Question:

    1) Where absolute immunity shields an individual prosecutor's decisions regarding the disclosure of informant information in compliance with Brady v. Maryland, 373 U.S. 83 (1963) and Giglio v. United States, 405 U.S. 150 (1972) made in the course of preparing for the initiation of judicial proceedings or trial in any individual prosecution, may a plaintiff circumvent that immunity by suing one or more supervising prosecutors for purportedly improperly training, supervising, or setting policy with regard to the disclosure of such informant information for all cases prosecuted by his or her agency?

    2) Are the decisions of a supervising prosecutor as chief advocate in directing policy concerning, and overseeing training and supervision of, individual prosecutors' compliance with Brady v. Maryland, 373 U.S. 83 (1963) and Giglio v. United States, 405 U.S. 150 (1972) in the course of preparing for the initiation of judicial proceedings or trial for all cases prosecuted by his or her agency, actions which are "intimately associated with the judicial phase of the criminal process" and hence shielded from liability under Imbler v. Pachtman, 424 U.S. 409, 430 (1976)?

Decisions:

Resources:

  • Docket Sheet From the U.S. Supreme Court.

Briefs:

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Counsel of Record

For Petitioner:

Timothy T. Coates
Greines, Martin, Stein & Richland LLP
Los Angeles, CA

For Respondent:

E. Joshua Rosenkranz
Heller Ehrman LLP
New York, NY



 

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