Home > News > 

Ruling on anonymous witnesses stands, Calif.

April 16, 2001
Print Comment RSS

Ruling on anonymous witnesses stands, Calif.

April 17, 2001
(SACRAMENTO, Calif.) -- The U.S. Supreme Court has let stand a ruling that bars California prosecutors from using anonymous witnesses.

The high court refused to hear an appeal of a state Supreme Court decision that defense lawyers must be given the names of all prosecution witnesses during trial. The state court ruled in the case of two young men charged with a gang-related stabbing in Los Angeles, although the justices said that defense lawyer can be ordered to withhold witnesses’ names from their clients.

Prosecutors say that witnesses, especially in gang cases, are so vulnerable to intimidation and retaliation that their identities must be protected. But defense lawyers argue that they must no who they are dealing with in order to find out if they might have a motive for lying.


Full story: Ruling on anonymous witnesses stands, Calif.

PoliceOne Offers

Breaking Police News

P1 on Facebook

Get the #1 Police eNewsletter

Police Newsletter Sign up for our FREE email roundup of the top news, tips, columns, videos and more, sent 3 times weekly
See Sample

Connect with PoliceOne

Mobile Apps Facebook Twitter Google

PoliceOne Exclusives

Featured Videos