I am not an attorney, but in my layman’s, non-legal opinion this is potentially (and I say only potentially) huge.
The US Ninth Circuit has advocated criminal perjury prosecution for a prosecutor who lied to the court. See our previous post about lying federal prosecutors here – in this case, the offending prosecutor got off with just a stern rebuke by the judge, which is sadly typical.
The Ninth Circuit has “recommended” perjury prosecution for a prosecutor who lied about benefits offered to a jailhouse snitch for his testimony. Incentivizing testimony from snitches is nothing new. It happens routinely. But think about this. If a defense attorney offered benefits to a witness for their testimony, it would be bribery, and the attorney could be prosecuted. If a prosecutor offers benefits to a witness (snitch), it’s called “cooperation.” What’s wrong with this picture?!
Now, here’s the “catch” about the…
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