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by Peter Moskos

May 6, 2009

Witness Intimidation

Witness intimidation is nothing new. But it usually doesn't happen from the defendant to the witness while the witness is on the stand.

Melissa Harris writes in the Sun:
On the 10th day of the 17-day trial, as the lawyers huddled at the bench with their backs turned, the jury watched the 29-year-old defendant lock eyes with the witness, hold up a legal document with one hand, pump a thumbs-down gesture with the other and warn, "I know your name. You're going down. You're going down."

Fear instantly gripped the face of the witness, who muttered in disbelief, and within earshot of jurors, "Did he just threaten me?"

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