Prince v. State

The State’s failure to disclose a “ride-along witness” did not constitute a discovery or Brady violation and did not prevent the defense from exposing the officer’s bias and motive. During trial, the officer testified that he was “working alone” during a routine traffic stop. The defendant knew there was another individual present, although the prosecutor apparently learned about the “ride-along witness” only after the defendant testified to the ride-along’s presence at the scene. The Court agreed with the State that there was no Michael Morton Act violation because the defendant knew about the existence of the ride-along witness and because the defense had the opportunity to cross-examine the officer regarding this witness but chose not to.