Editorial: Threatened witnesses

POSTED: 02/17/12 12:39 PM

The conviction of Riviere George for the murder of his sister Angie Leblanc marks an interesting development in criminal investigation, because the appeals court accepted evidence provided by a so-called threatened witness.
The court can grant this status to people who have knowledge of a crime but who fear repercussions if they make statements to investigators. Under the threatened witness status their anonymity is guaranteed.
That ought to encourage more people to come forward with information to the prosecutor’s office. In the end, this will give investigators faster and better information and leave fewer crimes unsolved.

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