Trial identities to be protected

Trial identities to be protected

There are 5 comments on the Chicago Tribune story from Apr 7, 2009, titled Trial identities to be protected. In it, Chicago Tribune reports that:

Officers from the federal witness-protection program will testify from behind a screen in a trial accusing a deputy U.S. marshal of leaking information about the main prosecution witness in the landmark Family Secrets organized-crime case, a federal judge ruled Tuesday.

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Cadillac

Darien, IL

#2 Apr 8, 2009
This is unconstitutional!

Ammendment #6:
In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the State and district wherein the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the Assistance of Counsel for his defence.

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Going to hide behind a screen?
Unconstitutional!!!!
Jethro

Chicago, IL

#3 Apr 8, 2009
Cadillac wrote:
This is unconstitutional!
Ammendment #6:
In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the State and district wherein the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the Assistance of Counsel for his defence.
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Going to hide behind a screen?
Unconstitutional!!!!
We'd burn through a lot of under-cover agents if you were in charge.
Advocate4Liberty

Gurnee, IL

#4 Apr 8, 2009
Jethro wrote:
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We'd burn through a lot of under-cover agents if you were in charge.
You're right. Secrecy is necessary for the KGB, oops, federal government, to operate efficiently without a bunch of busy bodies questioning their every crime, er, move.
blackolives

Palos Heights, IL

#5 Apr 8, 2009
Sorry to the bleeding heart ACLU types, but it seems to me he is getting his constitutional rights to confront his accuser protected. There is nothing wrong with the judge having one very modest safeguard to protect the identity of undercover Marshalls and protected witnesses. Or would you rather see more dead cops, like the 4 in Oakland and the 3 in Pittsburgh this month alone? You anti-government nut jobs are a joke. Go blow up a Starbucks at the next WTO or something you low life idiots. Or are you to busy sitting in Starbucks drinking a $4 latte and crying about an oppressive government, while living off your daddies trust fund?

Since: Jan 09

Gurnee, IL

#6 Apr 24, 2009
Love your country, fear your government

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