Brady letters (Washington County State's Attorney)

Brian Waters filed this request with the Washington County State's Attorney of Washington County, VT.
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From: Brian Waters


To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Vermont Public Records Act, I hereby request the following records:

Any "Brady letters" sent by your office, regarding the credibility or dishonesty of police officers, from 2015 until present. "Brady" refers to the 1963 US Supreme Court case, "Brady v. Maryland," which requires prosecutors to turn over certain materials to the defense, including information on the credibility of police officers. A recent news story describing one such letter is available here: https://vtdigger.org/2019/02/01/ag-probing-northfield-police-chief-allegation-untruthfulness/.

For clarification, I am not asking for all Brady letters sent from your office. I am only asking for those which discuss the credibility or honesty of police officers.

The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes.

In the event that there are fees, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 3 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Brian Waters

From: Brian Waters

Hello,

I submitted a public records request to your office on August 20 and have not received a response. I just spoke on the phone with someone who indicated that your office did receive the request, but asked that I send a paper copy via snail mail. The original request should be attached.

Thanks,
Brian Waters

From: Washington County State's Attorney

Dear Mr. Waters:

I am responding to you as the Public Records Officer for the Department of State's Attorneys and Sheriffs on behalf of the Washington County State's Attorney's Office. This email is in regard to your request for the records in the attached letter and listed below under the Vermont Public Records Act (PRA) originally received by the Department on August 20, 2019.

"Any "Brady letters" sent by your office, regarding the credibility or dishonesty of police officers, from 2015 until present."

The records responsive to the request are attached.

Nothing in this letter should be construed as a waiver of any privileges or protections over the records of Washington County State's Attorney's Office or those of the Department of State's Attorneys and Sheriffs. If you would like to appeal this decision, please submit the appeal to the Department of State's Attorneys and Sheriffs Executive Director John Campbell at john.campbell@vermont.gov<mailto:john.campbell@vermont.gov> or (802) 828-2891.

Sincerely,

James Pepper

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James Pepper
Executive Director's Office
Department of State's Attorneys and Sheriffs
110 State Street Montpelier, VT 05633
(802) 828-5392 o
(802) 249-0809 c

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