Friday, January 25, 2008

The Insane Drug War and the Rise of the Snitch

William Norman Gregg makes another great blog post describing how prosecutors are routinely using snitches (uh, I mean "government informants") to railroad and convict innocent people, a practice that has caused a good deal of blowback in some urban communites. An excerpt:

Many victims of the Federal snitching apparatus are dead. Some of the victims perished in paramilitary police raids authorized by warrants obtained on the basis of informant testimony. Other victims are “dead men walking” -- death row inmates. Brown points out that “a 1997 study by the Northwestern University Law School's Center on Wrongful Convictions found that 46 percent of wrongful death penalty convictions can be attributed to false information provided by `incentivized witnesses.'”

Read the rest

The War on Some Drugs must end!

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