Episode 28: Die, Witnesses.

This week Ann, Becky, and Dan discuss the effects of Stop Snitchin’ in the streets, prison, and judicial system. We take a look at witness protection and how to keep the people who are willing to come forward to report crimes safe.

Sidebar: Rapper Troy Ave. (who we admittedly don’t know anything about other than a couple of Breakfast Club interviews) and media personality and podcast host Taxstone got into an altercation in 2016 at Irving Plaza. This altercation left one dead and multiple injured. Rapper Troy Ave., also facing charges, has been on a media run since his release. In one of his songs he alludes to taking the stand and testifying against Taxstone. The general consensus in the hip-hop community is that this is snitching and would cost Troy Ave. his street credibility.

Stop Snitchin’
1. What are stop snitching laws?
2. What are the consequences of violating stop snitching laws?
3. What are the effects of stop snitching in the streets?
4. Effects of stop snitching in prison/jail?
5. What are the effects of stop snitching in the justice system?
6. How do DAs, Law Enforcement, etc… combat stop snitching?
7. How often are witnesses killed, harmed, threatened, etc…?

Witness Protection.
1. What requirements need to be met in order to qualify for witness protection?
2. How long are people placed in protection?
3. What are the rules once in protection? Can you contact family/friends?

Recanting statements.
1. Are witnesses allowed to change their stories without facing perjury or filing false report charges? What legal actions can be taken?
2. If a witness in a non-federal case has been threatened or fears for their safety what can they do?

Ask an Attorney:
Mr. I ain’t see shit – from Jacksonville, FL
If I witnessed a crime take place and can be placed at the scene of the crime, can I tell police I didn’t see anything even if it’s evident that I did? I was with the person who committed the crime. Even though I was there and saw everything, no one can prove I saw anything right?

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