Criminal Practice

Public Scrutiny Leads to Questions About Informant Usage

, The Legal Intelligencer

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Determining when a case is strong enough to prosecute and when a confidential informant might be too compromised to take the witness stand are decisions typically made behind closed doors.

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  • The biggest problem with using confidential informants is that the term itself is widely misunderstood and has many different meanings. This means that the person is not managed properly to meet the desired results. Furthermore, the management systems and records kept by law enforcement are inadequate and officers receive little if any training to perform the role. To illustrate my point how can an informant be viewed as confidential if they are providing evidence in a court. Surely they are a witness. Attaching the term confidential informant to them brings with it a host of prejudices that cloud the judgement of prosecutors, judges and jurors. The term confidential informant needs revisited by all involved. IF any one wants to discuss further please contact me.

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