NEW ORLEANS — For the third time in 16 years and the second time in two, the Orleans Parish district attorney’s office must explain itself before the United States Supreme Court on accusations of prosecutorial misconduct and the failure to turn over crucial evidence to the defense. In the previous years, the key issues was not whether the misconduct took place, but just how widespread it was. This year, the justices will hear the case of Juan Smith, who was convicted of murdering five people here. The court will consider whether he deserves a new trial because prosecutors withheld evidence from his lawyers in violation of Brady v. Maryland, the 1963 Supreme Court decision that required prosecutors to turn over favorable evidence to the defense.
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