Snitches Get Stitches
By John Kiriakou
Posted July 16, 2017
There is, of course, a huge incentive for turning rat. Prosecutors can cut years off an informant’s sentence. Some informants don’t go to prison at all. Others are sent to lower-security prisons for their sentences, or even to minimum-security work camps. Prosecutors, in turn, win 98.2 percent of their cases, according to ProPublica, almost all of which are a result of plea bargains. With rats lined up to testify, the defendant doesn’t have a chance. The dirty little secret of the American court system is that very few defendants ever get to face their accusers in a court of law or be judged by a jury of their peers. It’s a quaint idea, but it never happens.
The issue is that the government shouldn’t have to rely on rats to make cases. The government should rely on evidence. Every defendant should have his or her day in court. Every defendant should have a realistic chance of a jury trial, not just a theoretical one. I guarantee you that the vast majority of rats would say literally anything about another prisoner to get their own sentence reduced. That’s their only goal, after all. Where’s the justice in that? More…