Do police lie to courts?

Do police and prosecutors lie to courts in order to convict the innocent?
By Steven D. Miller*

If a judge were do deny me the right to tell them that police lied about me, I would take exception to their overruling my objection and I would submit an offer of proof. With a copy to the prosecutor.

Note that evidence rules are different in each states category of court.  I would use the rules that apply to the court. And I would follow the General Rules to conform the format to their rules.

And I would add any local newspaper articles about local police perjury.


Re: Police Perjury

Judicial notice is requested per evidence rule 201(d) of facts not subject to reasonable dispute. Information is supplied in the attached exhibits

Exhibit A

Los Angeles Times, February 11, 1996 Law Enforcement column: “Has the Drug War Created an Officer Liars’ Club?” page M1, by Joseph D. McNamara former police chief of Kansas City and San Jose

Exhibit B

Hearing before the Committee on the Judiciary, U.S. House of Representatives, “The Consequences of Perjury and Related Crimes” December 1, 1998, pages 84-90, Testimony of Alan M. Dershowitz

Exhibit C

University of Colorado Law Review, Fall 1996, 67 U. Colo. L. Rev 1037, “Testilying: Police Perjury And What To Do About It”, Christopher Slobogin

Exhibit D

Criminal Justice Ethics, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, CUNY, Winter 1999, Vol 18, No 1, ISSN 0731-129, “Taking on Testilying: The Prosecutor’s Response to In-Court Police Deception”, by Cunningham, Larry

Exhibit E

New York Times, May 2, 1994, page A17, “Accomplices to Perjury” by Alan M. Dershowitz


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* Disclaimer: I am not a lawyer.  This is not legal advice. This is what I would try to do if it happened to me.

Contact me and I can send you copies of the referenced articles.

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