Witness intimidation and witness tampering can occur in any case, from simple misdemeanors to homicides. It has a variety of consequences from the silencing of an entire community, to the murder of a witness, to the recantation of truthful testimony. Though witness intimidation is an insidious problem, there are strategies throughout the investigation and prosecution of a case that can help to keep a witness safe and reduce the impact of intimidation.
This PCE article, written in collaboration with the New York County District Attorney’s Office, is a comprehensive look at ways prosecutors can protect victims and witnesses in violent crime cases including how to handle search warrants, seek protective orders, safeguard incarcerated witnesses, request courtroom security, work with uncooperative witnesses and much more. The article includes case citations from around the country. Read.