- Associated Press - Thursday, December 15, 2016

PITTSBURG, Calif. (AP) - Fifteen people’s criminal convictions have been dismissed after prosecutors and public defenders agreed that a Northern California police department failed to disclose information about officer misconduct.

The East Bay Times reports (https://bit.ly/2hzUXET ) that the decision comes after months of challenges by defense attorneys after the newspaper reported on the Pittsburg Police Department’s failure to comply with defense attorneys’ legal requests for records of officer misconduct.

Such requests are common in criminal cases and are known as Pitchess motions.

Deputy Public Defender Diana Garrido says the misconduct records would have challenged the officers’ credibility and had an impact on defendants’ cases.

In a statement, the Contra Costa District Attorney’s Office says ten of the dismissed cases involved misdemeanors and three involved felonies.

Pittsburg police did not return a request for comment.

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