Strickler v. Greene, a landmark case decided in 1999 by the United States Supreme Court, played a pivotal role in interpreting and applying the Brady doctrine in the context of criminal prosecutions. This case delved into the critical issue of prosecutorial misconduct and the duty of the government to disclose exculpatory evidence to the defense, as established by the seminal Brady v. Maryland decision in 1963.
At its core, Strickler v. Greene addressed the question of whether the prosecution's failure to disclose potentially exculpatory evidence amounted to a violation of the defendant's due process rights. In this case, Strickler was convicted of murder, and crucial evidence that could have cast doubt on his guilt was not disclosed to the defense during the trial. The case revolved around the suppression of evidence that suggested another individual may have committed the crime.