Although the problem of witness intimidation has special significance for prosecutors, it also has important implications for police.
This guide focuses on the issues and responses that are most relevant to police, although useful resources for prosecutors are highlighted where appropriate.
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(They covered up the visits with false names and even false ailments.
From the 1930s through the 1960s, he worked with MGM general manager Eddie Mannix to maintain the carefully curated images MGM had built for each of its movie stars.
Witness intimidation, however, is not the same as repeat victimization.
First it might be Jean Harlow, panicking that William Powell had gotten her pregnant.
Then it might be a security guard, informing him that he’d removed a belligerent Spencer Tracy from yet another bar.
The worst thing you might do would be to plead not guilty, ask for the case to be heard in the Crown court, then change your mind and plead guilty, thereby being sentenced in the Crown court without having had the advantages of having a trial there.
Before you make a decision, you are entitled to be given a summary of the prosecution case against you (‘advance disclosure’), which may influence what you decide to do.