Criminal law


You are a federal officer who has arrested a key participant in an undercover drug transaction. You let him transfer the drugs to you and gave him money in exchange; in other words, you caught the perpetrator redhanded. In preparing for the preliminary hearing, the prosecutor tells you not to mention the fact that you were tipped by an informant to go to the scene of the transaction. The prosecutor says that she wants to “spring” this information on the defense at trial. Answer the following questions:

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a. Does the prosecutor have a legal right to do this? Why or why not?

b. What are the possible ramifications of such a move by the prosecutor?

c. Is such a move needed in this case? Why or why not?

d. What s hould y ou do ? Why?

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