Snitch System Undermines Justice
Rob Warden, the Director of Northwestern University's Center on Wrongful Convictions, writes a compelling article in today's Chicago Sun Times on federal prosecutors' reliance on snitch testimony to convict and the resulting injustice from a practice which best is summed up as:
''Don't go to the pen -- send a friend'' and ''If you can't do the time, just drop a dime.''
As an example, he uses the upcoming bribery trial of former Illinois Governor George Ryan, who two years ago emptied the state's death row due to the number of factually innocent inmates placed there. Warden begins with:
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