State Attorney revisits process to decide if law enforcement members make reliable witnesses

ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. — More than a year ago, the office of then-State Attorney Aramis Ayala released its list of police officers and deputies whose history might make them questionable witnesses in crimes.

It’s called the Brady List.

Now, State Attorney Monique Worrell has redeveloped that process, this time with full support from many law enforcement agencies.

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In the first three months after taking over the office, Worrell met with every law enforcement agency in Orange and Osceola counties, and listened to their concerns about the current Brady List.

Prosecutors all over the country use these lists to decide if an officer or forensic expert makes a reliable witness in court.

Worrell went back to the drawing board after hearing strong concerns from law enforcement about its fairness to officers.

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So far, all agencies in Osceola County have signed on to the redeveloped policy.

But agencies are legally required to sign on, and at least seven in Orange County haven’t agreed; neither have the FBI, FDLE or FHP.

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Adam Poulisse, WFTV.com

Adam Poulisse joined WFTV in November 2019.