Updated at 4:39 p.m.
Federal prosecutors are again under fire for their handling of evidence in a high-profile case, with defense lawyers saying they never received critical evidence about a prosecution witness in the Chandra Levy murder case.
After months of sealed proceedings, District of Columbia Superior Court Judge Gerald Fisher today revealed the subject of recent post-conviction hearings for the first time in open court: the existence of information about a prosecution witness' history of cooperating with law enforcement. The information was not disclosed to defense lawyers before trial.
Lawyers for Ingmar Guandique, the man convicted of killing Levy, a former congressional intern, have said the new information is proof Guandique's conviction was "predicated on a lie." The attorneys spent much of today's hearing pushing for disclosure of more evidence about the witness, Armando Morales, particularly the extent of his previous attempts to serve as a government informant.