Two of the top legal experts in the nation said Wednesday that it’s not the “first time” Brady v Maryland will be heard, but it’s the first time they will be in the same courtroom.
Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, a former federal prosecutor, said it’s likely the case will be brought again in the fall.
Bloomberg is now the executive vice president of public policy at the Center for American Progress Action Fund, a progressive think tank.
He said it is unlikely to be the last time the Supreme Court hears a case related to Brady v, but that it would be the first.
He called the case “an important moment in the evolution of our justice system” and said it “will be an interesting year.”
Bloomberg said it would take “many years” for the court to get to the bottom of whether or not there was prosecutorial misconduct in the death of U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Christopher Speer.
Speer was killed in 2015 while he was searching for a missing U.N. peacekeeper in the besieged town of Mombasa, Kenya.
The Justice Department’s Office of the Special Counsel and the United Nations Office of Special Investigations are conducting a separate investigation into the death.
They are conducting their own probes, Bloomberg said.
“The Justice Dept. and the UNO [Office of the United Nation’s Special Coordinator on African Affairs] are continuing their own investigations, but we are confident that there was not any misconduct in either investigation,” he said.
“We’re also confident that we have a lot of witnesses to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that there were no false claims of innocence made against Speer.”
On Wednesday, the U.K. High Court dismissed a bid by Speer’s parents to delay the trial until after the election.
The case is now before the Supreme Judicial Court.
Speer was shot while on patrol with the Marines in the African country of Mafuku, Kenya, in 2015, killing Speer and wounding three other civilians.
Speers parents have filed a motion asking the Supreme court to stay the trial, arguing that prosecutors withheld information from them and that they did not have a right to a jury trial.
Prosecutors have said they will file a motion to dismiss the case.
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