Case Detail
CitationUnited States v. Gomez-Olmeda, 296 F. Supp. 2d 71 (D.P.R. 2003)
CrimeMurder
StateAL
Pros. First NameUKN
Pros. Last NameUKN
FederalYes
Trial Year2003
BodyTrial court
OpinionDistrict Court ruled that because a prosecutor committed "a host of inequities which collectively compromised [the defendant's] ability to adequately defend himself", the prosecution could not seek the death penalty in a murder case. "The present case is rife with procedural pitfalls which deprived Defendant of a full and adequate opportunity to present his mitigation defense in front of the DOJ. By failing...to abide by both this court's directives, as well as basic tents of criminal procedure, the prosecution, both the AUSA and any immediate supervisor, have risked usurping not only this particular Defendant's fundamental rights, but also the judicial process upon which our sense of fairness is based. Through its mismanagement and backhanded attempts to correct its blatant mistakes, the prosecution has offended basic notions of fair play, insulting this court, as well as, we believe, society and the prosecutor's very profession."
Determination Year2003
Misconduct TypePT: Brady
TR: Mischaracterizing
TR: Misstating
C/S EffectReduction in sentence
Pros. Misc. ReportedUKN
SanctionsUKN
Sanction TypeUKN
Web linkhttp://www.leagle.com/decision/2003367296FSupp2d71_1356